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King of the West

King of the West was a title taken by Aragorn Elessar on his accession to the throne of Gondor, signifying his Kingship over all the Free peoples of the West, from the north to the south.[1]

In both the North- and South-kingdoms of the Dúnedain, there had been no King for many centuries. At the time of Aragorn's coronation, there had been no King of Gondor for 969 years,[2] and no King of a united Arnor for 2,158 years.[3] The last King to rule both realms jointly had been Aragorn's distant ancestor Isildur, though his Kingship was cut short at the the Disaster of the Gladden Fields before he could truly take up the rule of his twin realms.[4]

From that time, when the Third Age was just two years old, the West had had no uniting King. At the coronation of Aragorn, two years from the Age's end, Arnor and Gondor were at last united once again, and Aragorn's rule of the West is therefore referred to as the Reunited Kingdom.[5]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", 2050
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", 861
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"