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This article is about the King of Gondor. For the fourth High King of Arnor, see Eldacar (King of Arnor).

Eldacar, born Vinitharya, was the twenty-first King of Gondor, son of Valacar and the northwoman Vidumavi, born during the time his father was acting as ambassador to Rhovanion.


Eldacar was born as Vinitharya in Rhovanion, whose mightiest prince was his maternal grandfather Vidugavia. In TA 1260, he was brought to Gondor by his father on orders of his paternal grandfather, the Regent Minalcar. His reign saw rebellion escalate into full scale civil war, for the nobility of Gondor were not prepared to accept a king with only half Dúnedain heritage. After ascending the throne in TA 1432 the civil war of the Kin-strife broke out. Eldacar reigned for five years until he was besieged in Osgiliath, being forced to flee into exile in Rhovanion by his far relative Castamir the Usurper, who reigned for ten bloody years, beginning with the execution of Eldacar's eldest son, Ornendil. While in exile Eldacar slowly gathered support from the Northmen and the Dúnedain from the northern parts of Gondor. Castamir's tyrannical rule turned the people of the inland provinces against him and Eldacar saw his chance.

In TA 1447, he marched south with an army from Rhovanion and was joined by many from the cities and northern provinces of Gondor. The armies of Eldacar and Castamir clashed at the exceptionally bloody Battle of the Crossings of Erui, where many of the high nobility of Gondor perished, but Eldacar was victorious, personally killing Castamir. Eldacar then besieged Pelargir where Castamir's sons put up the last resistance. Eldacar had no ships at his disposal (for Castamir was the Lord of Ships of Gondor) and Castamir's sons finally fled by sea to Umbar, allying with Haradrim to make war on Gondor.

Eldacar reigned until TA 1490 and was succeeded by his second son Aldamir.[1][2]


Eldacar is a Quenya word meaning 'Elf-head'.[citation needed]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic አልዳካር
Arabic إلداكار
Armenian Էլդակար
Belarusian Cyrillic Елдакар
Bengali এলডাকের
Bulgarian Cyrillic Елдакар
Cambodian អែលដាកា
Chinese 艾爾達卡
Georgian ელდაქარი
Greek Έλντακαρ
Gujarati એલ્ડાકાર
Hebrew אלדאקאר
Japanese エルダカール
Kannada ಎಲ್ಡಕರ್
Kazakh Эльдкар (Cyrillic) Él’dkar (Latin)
Korean 엘다카르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Элдакар
Macedonian Cyrillic Елдакар
Marathi एल्दाकार
Mongolian Cyrillic Элдакар
Nepalese एल्डरकर
Persian الداکار
Punjabi ਅਲਾਕਾਰ
Russian Эльдакар
Sanskrit एल्दकर्
Serbian Елдакар (Cyrillic) Eldakar (Latin)
Sindhi شهزادو ?
Sinhalese එල්ඩාකාර්
Tajik Cyrillic Элдаркар
Tamil இடக்கார்
Telugu ఎల్దాకార్
Thai เอลดารกะร
Ukrainian Cyrillic Елдакар (Eldacar)

Вінітарія (Vinitharya)

Urdu الدکر
Uzbek Элдакар (Cyrillic) Eldakar (Latin)
Yiddish אלדקאַר
King of Gondor
Preceded by
Castamir the Usurper
Eldacar of Gondor Succeeded by
Castamir the Usurper
TA 1432 - TA 1437 (first time)
TA 1447 - TA 1490 (restored)

Kings of Gondor

Elendil | Isildur & Anárion | 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


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"