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e-are'ndil
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'Sea-lover'
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Heir of Anárion, Heir of Elendil, King of Gondor, King of the Southern Realm
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This King of Gondor should not be confused with the famous Eärendil the Mariner, his distant ancestor who was born more than 3,500 years earlier.

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Eärendil

Fifth of the Kings of Gondor

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Cemendur
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Anardil

Kings of Gondor

The grandson of Meneldil and son of Cemendur, who succeeded his father to become the fifth King to rule the South-kingdom of Gondor. He shared his name with Eärendil the Mariner, the great hero who voyaged to Aman and saved Middle-earth from the darkness of Morgoth nearly four thousand years before King Eärendil's time.

The only recorded historical event to take place during Eärendil's reign came three years after his accession, when Elrond's daughter Arwen was born in the north. No-one in Gondor at that time, of course, could have known how significant that event would be: nearly three thousand years later, Arwen was to wed Aragorn, a distant descendant of Eärendil's ancestor Elendil, and become Queen of his realm.

Eärendil ruled Gondor for eighty-six years, and was succeeded by his son, Anardil.


Notes

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The date of Eärendil's birth appears only in The History of Middle-earth volume XII, The Peoples of Middle-earth. It cannot therefore be considered completely reliable.

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