A Nandorin Elf, the son of Lenwë, who led a part of his people westward over the Blue Mountains into Ossiriand, where they became known as the Laiquendi or Green-elves.
We're never told explicitly when Denethor was born, but it's notable that the account of his father Lenwë leaving the Great Journey and passing down the Vales of Anduin makes no mention of Denethor. This implies that he was born after that event, which took place about 3,700 years before the first rising of the Moon and Sun. The earliest direct mention we have of Denethor is to his leading of a part of the Nandor over the Blue Mountains into Beleriand, dated as Valian Year 1350 (that is, about 1,400 solar years before the Darkening of Valinor). Thus Denethor was at least 1,400 years old when he fought and fell in the First Battle, and he may well have been considerably older.
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