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Biographical Information
Other namesThengel The Thrice-renowned
TitlesKing of Rohan
LanguageRohirric, Sindarin and Westron
BirthT.A. 2905
RuleT.A. 2953 - 2980
DeathT.A. 2980 (aged 75)
HouseHouse of Eorl
SiblingsTwo sisters
SpouseMorwen Steelsheen
ChildrenThéoden, Théodwyn, three unnamed daughters
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Thengel

Thengel the Thrice-renowned (Third Age 29052980, aged 75 years) was the sixteenth King of Rohan. Thengel was the only son of Fengel, and became king after the death of his father in T.A. 2953.[1]


Fengel was a greedy and quarrelsome man, and Thengel left Rohan in his youth to live with his mother's family in Gondor. Eventually he met and married Morwen Steelsheen of Lossarnach in 2943, and he lived with her there for a while. Morwen bore him five children in total, including his only son (his second child) Théoden in 2948 and a daughter Théodwyn in T.A. 2963, who would be the mother of Éomer and Éowyn.[2]

After Fengel died in T.A. 2953, Thengel was called upon to return to Rohan, which he reluctantly did. During Thengel's reign, a mysterious Northerner calling himself Thorongil entered his service, and rode with him for some time.[3] Saruman took Isengard for himself and began to fortify it.[2]

Thengel had learned Sindarin while living in Gondor, and in his house it was the daily tongue, together with Westron, the common speech. Rohirric was not spoken by him or his heirs.[2]


Þengel in Old English means "lord" and derives from þeġen, þegn. This word is also related to Thain.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
House of Eorl
Born: T.A. 2905 Died: T.A. 2980
Preceded by:
16th King of Rohan
T.A. 29532980
Followed by: