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The Steward who saw Sauron rise again

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Stewards of Gondor

The son and heir of Steward Túrin II of Gondor, in whose time Sauron declared himself openly in the land of Mordor, and began gathering the strength that would be seen in the War of the Ring. In the last year of his rule, too, Saruman withdrew into Isengard and began to fortify it. So, in the last two years of Turgon's Stewardship, the scene was set for the great war that would be fought more than sixty years later.

Turgon ruled Gondor for thirty-nine years, and was succeeded by his son, who ruled as Ecthelion II. His grandson was Denethor II, the Ruling Steward at the time of the War of the Ring.



The date of Turgon's birth appears only in The History of Middle-earth volume 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth. It cannot therefore be considered completely reliable.


Steward Turgon took his name from Turgon son of Fingolfin, founder and King of Gondolin in the First Age. That original Turgon's name derived from Elvish elements meaning something like 'lordly commander'.

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