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"Valacar of Gondor" by Matěj Čadil
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Gondor
LanguageWestron, language of the Northmen
BirthT.A. 1194
RuleT.A. 1366 - 1432 (66 years)
DeathT.A. 1432 (aged 238)
HouseHouse of Anárion
ParentageRómendacil II
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Valacar
Valacar (T.A. 1194[1]1432,[2] aged 238 years) was the twentieth King of Gondor.

[edit] History

Valacar's father, Rómendacil II, led a large army that in T.A. 1248 defeated the Easterlings in the lands beyond the Anduin. In this same region also dwelt numerous groups of Northmen, of which the most powerful was Vidugavia, who aided Gondor in the fight against the Easterlings. Rómendacil wished to strengthen the bond with the "King of Rhovanion", so in 1250 he sent Valacar as Gondor's ambassador to Vidugavia.[3]

Valacar was charged with learning the language, manners, and policies of the Northmen. What was not foreseen was that he would become so enamoured of the people and lands of the North that he would want to marry Vidugavia's daughter, Vidumavi.[3] Rómendacil gave his consent to this marriage so as to not antagonize Vidugavia or the Northmen in Gondor's service. Valacar and Vidumavi continued to live in the north and produced a son named Vinitharya, after the fashion of Vidumavi's people. Rómendacil finally recalled his son to Gondor in 1260; when Valacar arrived he brought his family as well as a household of noble men and women from the North.[4]

The news that the heir to the throne had married a woman of a lesser and alien race did not sit well with the high men of Gondor. Vidumavi was short-lived according to the measure of the Dúnedain and they feared that her descendants would prove likewise, thus diminishing the majesty of Gondor's royalty. This fear, plus the distaste of the people of Gondor for the Northmen who had come into the realm, led to unrest and then rebellion (especially in the southern fiefs) when Valacar grew old. Upon his death Valacar's son, now called Eldacar, had to face civil war during the period called the Kin-strife.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The name Valacar is Quenya, a compound of Vala and the suffixal form -car of carma "helm", also seen in Eldacar "Elf-helm".[5]

[edit] Genealogy

1058 - 1304
Rómendacil II
1126 - 1366
d. 1344
1194 - 1432
1255 - 1490
1259 - 1447
d. 1437
1330 - 1540


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (i) "The Realms in Exile"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 114
House of Anárion
Born: T.A. 1194 Died: T.A. 1432
Preceded by:
Rómendacil II
20th King of Gondor
T.A. 1366 - 1432
Followed by: