Eärnur was the thirty-third and last King of Gondor until the restoration of the monarchy with Aragorn II Elessar. He took the throne upon the death of his father Eärnil II in TA 2043, and after his disappearance the Stewards of Gondor ruled in his name for many generations.

Biography

Eärnur was the son of Eärnil II. He was a great warrior and became a great leader of armies before he became King. His greatest victory was against Angmar in TA 1975 in the Battle of Fornost, in which he defeated the Witch-king, whom he intended to slay had his steed not panicked in terror of the Witch-king's darkness. It was to him that Glorfindel stated his prophecy that "not by the hand of men shall he fall" referring to the Witch-king as he fled from defeat. After becoming King in TA 2043, he was challenged by the Witch-king of Angmar, chief of the Ringwraiths, who then resided in Minas Morgul. Eärnur, being quick to anger and wrath, would have accepted his challenge had the wise Steward Mardil Voronwë not held him back, and so the first challenge went unanswered.

In TA 2050 a second challenge came, mocking Eärnur for his supposed cowardice in the face of the Witch-king at the Battle of Fornost, and Mardil was not able to stop Eärnur from accepting the challenge. After entering the gates of Minas Morgul with a small escort, Eärnur was never heard from again. His crown lay on his father's tomb in the Hallows of Minas Tirith.

The Line of Anárion was broken with Eärnur's disappearance, and the rule of Gondor passed to the Stewards, beginning with Mardil Voronwë, who had tried to restrain Eärnur from going to Minas Morgul to face the Witch-king. The Stewards were to rule "until the King returns", for it was then unknown whether Eärnur had been killed duelling the Witch-king or not. Eärnur had also left without naming an heir, and while many nobles in Gondor could lay some sort of claim to the kingship, no claim would be accepted by all, and no one wanted to risk a second civil war.[2]

Personality

Eärnur did not inherit his father's wisdom; he delighted mainly in battle, and desired no wife.[2]

Etymology

Eärnur was a Quenya word that meant "Sea-friend".

Portrayal in adaptations

In Electronic Arts' The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king, King Eärnur is a playable character only in the epilogue (the final stage of the Angmar Campaign), in which he alongside Glorfindel and Elrond set out to destroy Angmar after its victory over Arnor. His role in the game is mostly the same as in the books.

Eärnur during his life in The Lord of the Rings Online

Eärnur as Mordirith, the Steward of Angmar

In The Lord of the Rings Online Eärnur plays a major role in the game as the chief antagonist of several Epic storylines and is also combined with the character of Gothmog. In the game's version of events, in Minas Morgul he was transformed into a wraith named Mordirith in service of the Witch-king, who in mockery of the Stewards of Gondor made Mordirith his own Steward of Carn Dûm in Angmar. Long abscent from it, Mordirith returns to Carn Dûm shortly before War of the Ring, launching attacks against the Free Peoples of Eriador. Mordirith is defeated at the end of the game's original storyline, plunging the other servants of Sauron into a civil war over his position before he returns and his identity is revealed at the enf of Volume I. He is defeated again, but instead of being send back to the North he is named Gothmog and is ordered to lead the Witch-King's armies against Gondor.

The player doesn't meet him again until Osgiliath, shortly before the Siege of Gondor. During the Battle of the Pelennor Fields Gothmog personally kills the Ranger Halbarad, but when his master is undone and can no longer bring him back from the void, he suddenly feels fear again and flees the battlefield before Aragorn. Gothmog barricades himself inside Minas Morgul, refusing even Sauron's muster to the Black Gate. Though he outlives the Dark Lord's demise, his other surviving servants blame Gothmog for it and combine their forces to assault of the City of the Dead. This gives the players and a group of Rangers of Ithilien the opportunity to sneak inside and challenge Gothmog, delivering a final defeat to him.

House of Anárion

   
   
   
   
Elendil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Isildur
   
   
   
   
Anárion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
House of
Isildur
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Three older
siblings
   
   
Meneldil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Cemendur
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärendil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Anardil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ostoher
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tarostar
Rómendacil I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Turambar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Atanatar I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Siriondil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Berúthiel
   
   
Tarannon
Falastur
   
   
   
   
Tarciryan
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärnil I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ciryandil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hyarmendacil I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Atanatar II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Narmacil I
   
   
Calmacil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Vidugavia
   
   
Rómendacil II
   
   
   
   
Calimehtar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Vidumavi
   
   
Valacar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eldacar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Castamir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ornendil
   
   
Aldamir
   
   
   
   
   
   
Sons
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Vinyarion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Angamaitë
   
   
Sangahyando
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Minardil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Telemnar
   
   
   
   
   
   
Minastan
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Children
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tarondor
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Telumehtar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Narmacil II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Arciryas
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Calimehtar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Calimmacil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Siriondil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ondoher
   
   
House of
Isildur
   
   
Daughter
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Artamir
   
   
Faramir
   
   
Fíriel
   
   
Arvedui
   
   
MinohtarEärnil II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Chieftains of
the Dúnedain
of the North
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärnur


Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዐኣርኑር
Arabic إيرنور
Armenian Եարնուր
Belarusian Cyrillic Эарнур
Bengali এঅর্নুর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Еарнур
Chinese (Simplified) 爾諾
Georgian ეარნური
Greek Έαρνυρ
Gujarati ઍઅર્નુર
Hebrew יארנור
Hindi एअर्नुर
Japanese エアルヌア
Kannada ಅರ್ನರ್
Kazakh Еәрнұр (Cyrillic) Eärnur (Cyrillic)
Korean 에아르누르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Эарнур
Macedonian Cyrillic Еарнур
Marathi अर्णूर
Mongolian Cyrillic Еарнур
Nepalese एअर्नुर
Pashto ېارنور ?
Persian ائارنور
Punjabi ਅਰਨੂਰ
Russian Эарнур
Sanskrit एअर्नुर्
Serbian Еарнур (Cyrillic) Earnur (Latin)
Sinhalese ඒඇර්නුර්
Tajik Cyrillic Еарнур
Tamil ஏஅர்நுர்
Thai แอร์เนอร์
Telugu ఏఅర్నుర
Ukrainian Cyrillic Еарнур
Urdu اآرنور
Uzbek Еарнур (Cyrillic) Earnur (Latin)
Yiddish עאַרנור
King of Gondor
Preceded by
Eärnil II
Eärnur Succeeded by
Aragorn II (after a long gap)
TA 2043 - TA 2050


Kings of Gondor

Elendil | Isildur | Meneldil | Cemendur | Eärendil | Anardil | Ostoher | Rómendacil I | Turambar | Atanatar I | Siriondil | Tarannon Falastur | Eärnil I | Ciryandil | Hyarmendacil I | Atanatar II Alcarin | Narmacil I | Calmacil | Rómendacil II | Valacar | Eldacar | Castamir the Usurper | Eldacar (restored) | Aldamir | Hyarmendacil II | Minardil | Telemnar | Tarondor | Telumehtar Umbardacil | Narmacil II | Calimehtar | Ondoher | Eärnil II | Eärnur | Aragorn II Elessar | Eldarion


References

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I. The Númenórean Kings, (iv). "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
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