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Valandil (King of Arnor)

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Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Arnor
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthS.A. 3430
RuleT.A. 10 - 249
DeathT.A. 249 (aged 260)
HouseHouse of Isildur
SiblingsElendur, Aratan and Ciryon
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Valandil

Valandil (S.A. 3430[1]T.A. 249[2]) was the third King of Arnor, succeeding his father, High King Isildur, after he and Valandil's older brothers were killed in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields in T.A. 2.


Valandil was the youngest of the four sons of Isildur. When his mother was still pregnant, the War of the Last Alliance was to begin, and Isildur sent her to Rivendell for safety.[3] Valandil was born there[4], in the same year that the Last Alliance of Elves and Men was formed. He was only one year old, remaining with his mother in Rivendell, when the host of Gil-galad and Elendil marched forth.[1]

Before he was slain, Isildur became briefly king of Arnor and Gondor. While he had been High King of both realms, he committed the rule of Gondor to his nephew Meneldil[5] who would become King of Gondor. With the death of his father and brothers in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, Valandil became heir to the throne of Arnor. However, since Valandil was only 13 years old, he would wait until he was 21 to become the king (in T.A. 10[6]).[1]

He ruled longer than any other king in the North or South kingdoms - 239 years. When he died in 249, he was succeeded by his son, Eldacar.[2]


Valandil's name is Quenya for "Friend of the Valar", from Vala, and the suffix -ndil, meaning "friend". It was likely he was named after his ancestor Valandil, the first Lord of Andúnië.


S.A. 3119 - 3441
S.A. 3209 - T.A. 2
S.A. 3219 - 3440
S.A. 3299 - T.A. 2
S.A. 3339 - T.A. 2
S.A. 3379 - T.A. 2
S.A. 3430 - T.A. 249
Kings of
T.A. 87 - 339
T.A. 185 - 435


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 192
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur", note 1
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: S.A. 3430 Died: T.A. 249
New position
1st Heir of Isildur
T.A. 2 - 249
Followed by:
Preceded by:
3rd King of Arnor
T.A. 10 - 249