Ship-king was a title of dubious formality used in referral to four successive Kings of Gondor in the Third Age:

The title referred to the main preoccupation of their bearers: the rapid expansion of Gondor's navy. From TA 830 to TA 1149, these kings worked hard at adding territory to Gondor's expanse with their increasingly superior naval might. The pushed the kingdom's boundaries to the south and to the west, such that Gondor came to include land down to the Mouths of Anduin and Umbar, and even south of the River Harnen. Indeed, it was under these kings that Gondor achieved the zenith of influence [1], at least until the coming of Aragorn II and the founding of the Reunited Kingdom.


Falastur began the building of great fleets of ships that increased Gondor's power in Middle-earth down past the Mouths of Anduin. Eärnil I rebuilt the ancient haven of the Faithful Pelargir and from here built a great fleet to conquer the enemy realm of Umbar. In TA 933, Eärnil's navy and armies attacked Umbar and won it from the Southrons and their Black Númenórean masters. Afterwards, it became an important part of Gondor, serving as a great harbor and fortress of Gondor. During Hyarmendacil I's time, the Kingdom of Gondor reached its highest peak and the realm extended from the Field of Celebrant, to the borders of Mirkwood, to the west of the Greyflood, just east of the Sea of Rhûn, south of the river Harnen, and finally to the coastal province of Umbar.

The Ship-kings ushered in a 'Golden Age' bringing Gondor great power and wealth. At this time, the Men from the Vales of Anduin and those of the south acknowledged its authority and did homage to it. Mordor was well watched and the fortressses built to watch over it were well-manned and maintained, keeping it desolate and unpeopled. The line of Ship-kings ended with the death of Hyarmendacil I, leaving behind a great empire that his son Atanatar II and later successors did little to maintain.[1]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Skipkoning
Albanian Mbreti i anijes
Amharic መርከብ ንጉስ
Arabic ملك السفينة
Azerbaijani Gəmi kral
Basque Ontzi-erregea
Belarusian Cyrillic Карабель-кароль
Bengali জাহাজ রাজা
Bosnian Kralj broda
Bulgarian Cyrillic Кораб-крал
Cambodian ស្តេចនាវា
Catalan Rei del vaixell
Chinese 任航海之王
Croatian Kralj broda
Czech Lodních král
Estonian Laeva kuningas
Filipino Hari ng barko
Finnish Aluksen kuningas
French Rois-Navigateurs
Danish Skibkonge
Dutch De Scheepskoning
Galician Rei do buques
Georgian გემის-მეფე
German Schiffkönig
Greek Πλοίο βασιλιά
Gujarati જહાજ-રાજા
Hebrew ספינה-מלך
Icelandic Skipkóngur
Italian Re Navigatori di Gondor
Hindi जहाज का राजा
Hungarian Hajó király
Irish Gaelic Rí na loinge
Japanese 船王
Kannada ಹಡಗು ರಾಜ
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Кеме-Падыша
Latvian Kuģa karalis
Lithuanian Laivo karalius
Macedonian Cyrillic Брод крал
Malaysian Raja kapal
Marathi जहाज राजा
Nepalese जहाज राजा
Norwegian Sjøkongen
Pashto د بحریانو پاچا ?
Persian پادشاه کشتی
Portuguese Rei do navio
Polish Król statku
Punjabi ਸ਼ਿਪ ਰਾਜਾ
Romanian Regele navei
Russian Морские Короли
Scottish Gaelic Rìgh na luinge
Serbian Брод-краљ (Cyrillic) Brod-kralj (Latin)
Sinhalese නැව් රජ
Slovak Kráľ lode
Slovenian Ladja kralj
Spanish Rey de los nave
Swahili Mfalme wa meli
Swedish Skepps-kung
Tamil கப்பல் ராஜா
Telugu ఓడ రాజు
Thai เรือคิง
Turkish Gemi kral
Ukrainian Cyrillic Судно-король
Urdu جہاز بادشاہ
Vietnamese Vua của con tàu
Welsh Llong-Brenin
Yiddish מלך פון די שיף


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
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