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Originally Osgiliath, but Tarondor removed the seat of the Kings permanently to Minas Tirith
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taro'ndor
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Tarondor

Gondor‘s longest-reigning King

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Minastan
Tarondor
Unnamed
siblings3
Telumehtar
Umbardacil

Kings of Gondor

The twenty-seventh King of Gondor, who came to the throne in his youth after his uncle King Telemnar and all his children were lost in the Great Plague. It was Tarondor who moved the King's House from Osgiliath to Minas Anor (later to be named Minas Tirith). He reigned for 162 years, and was succeeded by his son who became the famous warrior King, Telumehtar Umbardacil.


Notes

1

The date of Tarondor'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

Tarondor's name seems to contain Elvish elements for both 'King' and 'Land', and it may be that its intended meaning is simply 'King of the Land'. The resemblance of the combination '-ondor' to the name 'Gondor' is probably coincidental, especially as there was an earlier King, also named Tarondor, who ruled Arnor in the north.

3

In volume 12 of The History of Middle-earth, Tarondor is referred to as Minastan's eldest son. That implies that he had at least one younger brother, and possibly other siblings as well.

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