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Anárion was born II 3219;1 his last direct heir, Tarannon Falastur, died III 913; the last member of the line in any degree, Eärnur, was lost III 2050
Descendants of the line were Kings of the land of Gondor
Anárion's son Meneldil became the first independent King of Gondor
Anárion's own seat was at Minas Anor, but earlier Kings of the line ruled from Osgiliath
Anárion is pronounced 'anah'rion'
Anárion apparently means 'Sun son'
Other names
The Kings of Gondor until the loss of Eärnur were descendants of this line


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Line of Anárion

The descent of the Kings of Gondor

The house of Kings descended from Anárion, the younger son of High King Elendil. With his elder brother Isildur, Anárion had held the joint rule of the South-kingdom of Gondor under their father, with Isildur as the natural heir. In the War of the Last Alliance, Anárion was killed in the Siege of Barad-dûr, and Isildur - by then High King in his own right - was ambushed and slain as he returned northward from the War. The overlordship of the Two Kingdoms should then have fallen to Isildur's son Valandil, then still a child, but in Gondor Anárion's son Meneldil took on the sole Kingship of the South-kingdom, which he passed to his heirs. Hence the Royal House of Gondor was descended from the Line of Anárion, while the Heirs of Isildur survived independently in the North-kingdom.

The direct line from Anárion survived for nine generations before the first childless King, Tarannon Falastur, but others of the line were found to continue the Kingship. The line persisted until the loss of Eärnur, thirty-first in descent from Anárion, nearly a thousand years before the War of the Ring.

For genealogical charts and detailed lists showing Anárion and his line, see the entries for House of Anárion and King of Gondor.



The date of Anárion's birth is not given in any canonical source. The date given here is taken from The Heirs of Elendil in The History of Middle-earth volume XII, The Peoples of Middle-earth.

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