Eldarion was born in the first year of the Fourth Age. He did not inherit the choice of becoming an Elf, but had a long youth like one, having an appeareance of 20 years old until 60. Eldarion became the second King of the Reunited Kingdom after the death of his father Elessar in FO 120. At the time of his ascension to the throne, Eldarion was "full ripe and ready for kingship". It is known that Eldarion was given the tokens of kingship, the Crown of Gondor, etc.) by his father, who died soon after the crowning of his son. He was also recorded to have several sisters.
During Eldarion's reign, Findegil served as the royal scribe (or King's Writer). In FO 171, Findegil wrote The Thain's Book for the Thain of the Shire. This copy was the only one to include Bilbo Baggins' complete Translations from the Elvish, which Bilbo had composed while at Rivendell during his 'retirement' there.
It was foretold that he should rule a great realm, and that it should endure for a hundred generations of Men after him, that is until a new age brought in again new things; from him should come the kings of many realms in long days after.
His name is Quenya. Paul Strack explains it means "Son of the Eldar", being a compound of Eldar and patronymic -ion. In Letter 338, J.R.R. Tolkien spelled this name Eldaron, this is probably a typographic error.
Eldarion was descended from several royal Elven houses, including the Three High Kings of the Elves, and from the chieftains of the Edain. He was a grandson of Elrond and, through his grandmother Celebrían, a great-grandson of Galadriel. He was the great-grandson of Eärendil the Mariner on both sides of his family and in him the two genealogical lines of the Half-elven were reunited), through his Half-elven mother Arwen; he was also the nephew of the Half-elf lords Elladan and Elrohir. He was descended also from the great Kings of Númenor on his father's side. Tolkien mentioned the existence of descendants, about whom little is known save that their lifespans eventually dwindled to a normal human length.
Behind the scenes
J.R.R. Tolkien had vague plans for a sequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy called The New Shadow, a story set sometime during King Eldarion's reign. However, he abandoned it after about 13 pages. Therefore, it is debatable whether The New Shadow can be considered canon.
- He is portrayed by Sadwyn Brophy, son of Jed Brophy, who portrayed Sharku and Snaga in The Two Towers film and Nori in The Hobbit films.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||Эльдарыён (Eldarion)
Эльдарыён Тэлкантар (Eldarion Telcontar)
艾達瑞安·泰爾康泰 (Eldarion Telcontar)
|Kazakh||Эльярион (Cyrillic) Élyarïon (Latin)|
|Serbian||Елдариона (Cyrillic) Eldarion (Latin)|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Елдаріон (Eldarion)
Елдаріон Телконтар (Eldarion Telcontar)
|King of all the Dúnedain|
King of the West
High King of Gondor and Arnor
King of the Reunited Kingdom
Aragorn II Elessar
|FO 120 - ?|
|High Kings of Arnor & Kings of Arthedain|
|Arnor||Elendil • Isildur • Valandil • Eldacar • Arantar • Tarcil • Tarondor • Valandur • Elendur • Eärendur|
|Arthedain||Amlaith • Beleg • Mallor • Celepharn • Celebrindor • Malvegil • Argeleb I • Arveleg I • Araphor • Argeleb II • Arvegil • Arveleg II • Araval • Araphant • Arvedui|
|Reunited Kingdom||Aragorn II Elessar • Eldarion|
|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