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From ecthel, meaning either 'fountain' or 'spear-point'2
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Ecthelion II

The twenty-fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor

Turgon
Ecthelion II
Denethor II

Stewards of Gondor

Ecthelion II was the son of Steward Turgon, and was a wise and foresightful Man. He put his efforts into strengthening his realm against the approaching danger of Sauron, who had openly revealed himself in the last years of Turgon's Stewardship. He was aided in this work by Gandalf, and by a mysterious stranger named 'Thorongil', who was later known to be none other than Aragorn. Ecthelion was succeeded as Steward by his son Denethor II, who ruled Gondor at the time of the War of the Ring.


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1

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

2

There were two historical Ecthelions who preceded Ecthelion II, and he was presumably named for one or both of them. Ecthelion I was his direct ancestor, who ruled Gondor some three centuries before his time, but the name ultimately came from a famous Elf of Gondolin, Ecthelion of the Fountain, who was slain before the end of the First Age.

See the entry for the first Ecthelion for more on the derivation of this name.

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