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Vinitharya was the royal son of Valacar of Gondor and Vidumavi, daughter of the King of Rhovanion. When he returned to Gondor with his father, he was given the name Eldacar, a name he retained when he inherited Gondor's throne.[1]


It is said that the name Vinitharya had much the same meaning as Rómendacil.[2]

Winid-haria is a Gothic name meaning "pasture-armyman" or "Winidas-armyman".

The Wends or Winidas (in Old English) were a Slavic people who dwelt inside Germanic territories. A possible analogy of the Winidas within the legendarium could be the Middle Men who belonged to Gondor, a suitable reference for the Northmen.

Note that it should be pronounced as Vinit-harya (as in plot-hole), and not as **Viniþarya.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", entry for king Minalcar who took the name Rómendacil (II) and entry for king Valacar
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (i) "The Realms in Exile", Note on the expansion of the tale of the Kin-strife in the Second Edition, entry 19 Romendakil II