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.
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|
|Kazakh||Пелендұр (Cyrillic) Pelendur (Latin)|
|Serbian||Пелендур (Cyrillic) Pelendur (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Пелендур (Cyrillic) Pelendur (Latin)|
|Steward to the King of Gondor|
Húrin of Emyn Arnen
Vorondil the Hunter
|TA 1944 - TA 1998|