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Dates
Théoden lived III 2948 - 15 March III 3019 (71 years), and ruled as King of Rohan from III 2980 (39 years); he would have been known as Ednew after being healed by Gandalf on 2 March III 30191
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Théoden was restored to health in his capital of Edoras
Pronunciation
e'dnew
Meaning
From Old English ednīwe, 'renewed' or 'restored'
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Ednew

‘The Renewed’

"He is called Théoden Ednew in the lore of Rohan, for he fell into a decline under the spells of Saruman, but was healed by Gandalf..."
The Lord of the Rings Appendix A II
The House of Eorl

An Old English word meaning 'renewed' or 'restored'. It was used as a title for Théoden of Rohan after Gandalf cured him of the malign influence of Saruman and the poisonous lies of Saruman's agent Gríma Wormtongue. Before Gandalf's intervention, the King had been become no more than a decrepit old man, but after his 'renewal', he led his people on to great victories in the War of the Ring before his death on the battlefield of the Pelennor.


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The title Ednew could only meaningfully have been applied to Théoden after his restoration by Gandalf. After being healed, the King rode away to war, and he was slain in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields just thirteen days later. Given this dating, he was probably never called Théoden Ednew while he was alive, and the title was more likely devised for use in a historical context by later scholars.

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