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The first East-victor, Rómendacil I, was known by that title III 500 - III 541; the second, Rómendacil II, ruled in that name III 1304 - III 1366
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The title was taken in recognition of victory over the Easterlings of Rhûn
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East-victor

The meaning of the name Rómendacil

The name taken by two great heroes and Kings in the history of Gondor, Tarostar and Minalcar. Each of these drove back an Easterling threat to the South-kingdom, and each therefore took the name 'East-victor' (Rómendacil in Elvish). Tarostar became Rómendacil I, and Minalcar ruled Gondor some centuries later as Rómendacil II.

I Rómendacil I Known as 'East-victor' from III 500 to III 541 (41 years)
This King's original name was Tarostar, and while his father Ostoher ruled Gondor it suffered the first of many attacks and invasions by forces of wild Easterlings. Shortly afterward, Tarostar succeeded his father to the throne, and in the eighth year of his reign he was able to drive the invaders back into the East. To commemorate this action he took the name Rómendacil, 'East-victor', and he ruled Gondor in peace for more than forty years after his great victory. Eventually, however, the Easterlings returned, and Rómendacil the East-victor once again went to battle with his old foe. He was slain in that war, but his son Turambar defeated the Easterlings once again, and was able to greatly extend Gondor's eastern border.
II Rómendacil II Known as 'East-victor' from III 1248 to III 1366 (118 years)
A distant descendant of the first Rómendacil, born nearly six hundred years after that King's death, the second East-victor was originally known as Minalcar. Minalcar was made Regent of Gondor by his uncle, King Narmacil I, and it was during his time as Regent that the Easterlings resumed their attacks. In III 1248, Regent Minalcar led a large Gondorian army into the eastern lands as far as the Sea of Rhûn and beyond, destroying the Easterling threat throughout that region. He also cultivated relations with the Northmen of Rhovanion to create a buffer against future invasions, and further fortified Gondor's eastern defences. At this time - while still Regent rather than the true King - Minalcar took his ancestor's name of Rómendacil the East-victor. He remained Regent through the remaining reign of Narmacil I, and through that of his own father Calmacil. He finally took the throne himself as Rómendacil II in III 1304, fifty-six years after the Eastern victory that gave him his name.

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