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This article refers to the Steward of Gondor, father of Denethor II. For other namesakes, see Ecthelion (disambiguation).

Ecthelion II was the twenty-fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Biography

Born in TA 2886, Ecthelion was the son of Turgon. Ecthelion succeeded his father when he died in TA 2953 at the age of ninety-eight years. When news of Turgon's death reached Saruman he declared himself Lord of Isengard and took possession of Orthanc which he then fortified. Ecthelion was a Steward of great wisdom but was powerless to prevent the appropriation of Isengard and Orthanc, so he did what he could to strengthen Gondor's defences with what limited resources he possessed, and supplemented Gondor's diminished forces by encouraging outsiders and foreigners that possessed a good character to enter into the service of Gondor and Ecthelion rewarded those individuals that proved their worth.

Aragorn son of Arathorn served Ecthelion, although under the name of Thorongil to hide his true identity. In this guise Aragorn became one of Ecthelion's most trusted and loyal retainers. Thorongil persuaded the Steward to send him to destroy the threat posed by the Corsairs of Umbar, and in TA 2980 the Corsairs were routed, the majority of their fleet was destroyed, and their leader, the Captain of the Haven, was slain. Thorongil also advised Ecthelion to listen to the counsels of Gandalf as opposed to those of Saruman, which Ecthelion did willingly. However, the great esteem and many honors that Ecthelion gave to Thorongil and Gandalf incurred the jealousy and anger of Denethor who felt both slighted and threatened.

In TA 2984, Ecthelion died at the age of ninety-eight years old after a rule of thirty-one years and was succeeded by his son Denethor II.[2]

Etymology

The name Ecthelion has three recorded meanings:

  1. It is said to derive from the Quenya ehtelë ("issue of water, spring")[3]
  2. Another entry lists the name origin as ehtë ("spear") and thela ("point of spear"), which means "Spear-point"[4]
  3. It is said to be derived from aeg ("sharp") and thel ("intent, resolve"). This would translate to "one of sharp resolve".[5]

House of Húrin

   
   
   
   
Húrin
of Emyn Arnen
   
   
   
   
Pelendur
   
   
   
   
Vorondil
   
   
   
   
Mardil Voronwë
   
   
   
   
Eradan
   
   
   
   
Herion
   
   
   
   
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Húrin I
   
   
   
   
Túrin I
   
   
   
   
Hador
   
   
   
   
Barahir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Dior
   
   
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Denethor I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Boromir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Cirion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hallas
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Húrin II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Belecthor I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Orodreth
   
   
   
   
Morwen
   
   
Ecthelion I
   
   
   
   
Unknown
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Egalmoth
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Beregond
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Belecthor II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thorondir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Túrin II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Turgon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ecthelion II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Two daughters
   
   
Denethor II
   
   
Finduilas
   
   
   
   
House of Eorl
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Boromir
   
   
   
   
   
   
Faramir
   
   
   
   
   
   
Éowyn
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elboron
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Barahir


Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዳግማዊ ኤክተልዮን
Arabic إيكليليون الثاني
Armenian Էքթելիոն II
Belarusian Cyrillic Эктэліян II
Bengali দ্বিতীয় একথেলিয়ন
Bosnian Ehtelion II
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ектелион II
Catalan Ecthèlion II
Chinese (Hong Kong) 愛克西里昂二世
Georgian ეკთელიონ II
Greek Εκθελιον Β΄
Gujarati બીજું એકથેલિયન
Hebrew אקתליון השני
Hindi एच्थेलिओन द्वितीय
Japanese エクセリオン2世
Kazakh II Ектеліон (Cyrillic) II Ektelion (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Эктэлион II
Macedonian Cyrillic Ектелион II
Marathi दुसरा एकथेलियन
Mongolian Cyrillic Эктэлион II
Nepalese दोस्रो एकथेलियन
Pashto اکټ لیان ۲
Persian اکته‌لیون دوم
Punjabi ਦੂਜਾ ਇਕਥੀਲੀਅਨ
Russian Эктелион II
Sanskrit एच्थेलिओन् २
Serbian Ектелион II (Cyrillic) Ektelion II (Latin)
Sinhalese දෙවැනි එක්තලියන්
Tajik Cyrillic Еkтелион II
Tamil இரண்டாவது எக்தெலியன்
Telugu రెండవ ఏచ్థెలిఒన
Thai เอคเธลีออน 2
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ектеліон II
Urdu اکٹہیلیون دوسرا
Uzbek Еkтелион II (Cyrillic) Ektelion I (Latin)
Yiddish עקטהעליאָן דער צווייטער
Ruling Steward of Gondor
Preceded by
Turgon
Ecthelion II Succeeded by
Denethor II
TA 2953 - TA 2984


References

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iv): "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 2: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Three: The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings..., III. Maeglin
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