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Pelendur was the Steward to the King of Gondor in the year TA 1944.


Pelendur was born in TA 1879, he was a descendant of Húrin of Emyn Arnen, an earlier Steward of Gondor and the grandfather of Mardil Voronwë, the first Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Pelendur helped Gondor through a constitutional crisis following the premature death of King Ondoher and his heirs in battle in TA 1944. He effectively ruled the kingdom for one year while observing the claims of the two claimants, Prince Arvedui of Arthedain and the general Eärnil who was victorious in battle against the Wainriders (Easterlings).

Pelendur dismissed Arvedui's claim maintaining that the rule of Gondor belonged to the heirs of Anárion, even though Isildur was the High King of both Gondor and Arnor before his death. Arvedui also argued, his wife Fíriel, the daughter of Ondoher should rightfully become Ruling Queen due to the old Númenorean law of accession, which stated the eldest remaining child of the king should inherit the throne. Pelendur rejected Fíriel's claim saying in Númenor, it was peaceful enough to have women as rulers. However, the Realms in Exile were constantly under attack and therefore needed a male ruler to lead the armies.

Based on these arguments the Council of Gondor, under the influence of Pelendur, threw out Arvedui's claim and chose Eärnil as King, in TA 1945 defying the Númenórean law of succession. Although Pelendur's choice prevented the heirs of Isildur from reuniting the Realms in Exile, it may have averted another Kin-strife. Eärnil, the victorious general and a direct male heir of Anárion, had become a hero in Gondor and had the support of the populace for his deeds in battle. Installing Arvedui, a foreigner, as king could have stirred up resentment amongst the people of the coastlands and the supporters of Eärnil, who had saved Gondor.

This political precedent was one reason for Aragorn's caution in assuming the throne of Gondor at the end of the Third Age.

With the accession of King Eärnil II in TA 1945, Pelendur handed over rule of Gondor to him, and resumed the traditional duties of the office of Steward willingly. Pelendur died in TA 1998 at the age of 119 years old, after his death the Stewardship formally became hereditary and passed to his son Vorondil the Hunter.


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ፐለንዱር
Arabic پيليندور
Armenian Պելենդուր
Belarusian Cyrillic Пелендур
Bengali পেলেন্দুর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Пелендур
Chinese 佩伦杜尔
Georgian პელენდური
Greek Πελένδουρ
Gujarati પેલેંડુર
Hebrew פלנדור
Hindi पेलेन्दुर
Japanese ペレンドゥール
Kazakh Пелендұр (Cyrillic) Pelendur (Latin)
Kannada ಪೆಲೆಂದೂರ್
Korean 펠렌 두르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Пэлэндур
Macedonian Cyrillic Пелендур
Marathi पेलेंडूर
Mongolian Cyrillic Пэлэндур
Nepalese पेलेन्डर
Persian پلندور
Punjabi ਪੇਲੇਂਡੂਰ
Russian Пелендур
Sanskrit पेलेन्दुर्
Serbian Пелендур (Cyrillic) Pelendur (Latin)
Sinhalese පෙලෙන්දූර්
Tajik Cyrillic Пелендур
Tamil பெலேண்டர்
Telugu పేలేన్దుర్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Пелендур
Urdu پالاندور
Uzbek Пелендур (Cyrillic) Pelendur (Latin)
Yiddish פּעלענדור
Steward to the King of Gondor
Preceded by
Húrin of Emyn Arnen
Pelendur Succeeded by
Vorondil the Hunter
TA 1944 - TA 1998