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The Steadfast

A title for heroes among Men

The title of two historic heroes, Húrin of the First Age and Mardil of the Third, who each in their own way remained faithful to their allegiances. Actually, in Elvish each of these had different titles, respectively Thalion and Voronwë, representing subtle variations on the concept of steadfastness.

Húrin The last Lord of Dor-lómin, who served the House of Fingolfin during the Wars of Beleriand. He was captured by Morgoth, and endured years of captivity during which he was forced to watch the tragedy of his Children unfold. His surname 'Steadfast' came from Elvish Thalion, meaning literally 'dauntless'. This name was perhaps acquired historically as a reference to his fearless defiance of Morgoth.
Mardil Steward to both Eärnil II and Eärnur, the last two Kings of Gondor. After Eärnur was lost in Minas Morgul, with no heir to be found, Mardil became the first Ruling Steward of Gondor. His surname 'Steadfast' came from Elvish Voronwë, meaning literally 'faithful', a reference to his faithful service to the Royal House and to the land of Gondor.

See also...

Good Steward, Thalion, Voronwë

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