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Ecthelion II

The name Ecthelion refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Ecthelion (disambiguation).
Ecthelion II
Catherine Chmiel - Ecthelion,Thorongil and Boromir study.jpg
"Ecthelion, Thorongil and Boromir study" by Catherine Karina Chmiel
Biographical Information
TitlesRuling Steward
LanguageWestron, Sindarin
BirthT.A. 2886
RuleT.A. 2953 - T.A. 2984 (31 years)
DeathT.A. 2984 (aged 98)
HouseHouse of Húrin
ChildrenDenethor II; 2 unnamed daughters[1]
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Ecthelion II
Ecthelion II (Third Age 2886[1] – 2984,[2] aged 98 years) was the twenty-fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor. He succeeded his father Turgon at his death in Third Age 2953.


[edit] History

Ecthelion was the son of Steward Turgon. A few years before he took the throne, Sauron had declared himself openly.[3]

Ecthelion was known as a man of wisdom, who encouraged worthy men to enter into his service. One who did so was the stranger Thorongil, who fought for Gondor and severely damaged the Corsairs' fleet at Umbar in a surprise attack. It later transpired that Thorongil was Aragorn Elessar.[4] Gandalf was also a welcome guest in Minas Tirith at the time. Ecthelion also strengthened Pelargir and refortified Cair Andros.[1]

Ecthelion was followed by his son Denethor at his death in 2984.[2]

[edit] Genealogy

Túrin II
2815 - 2914
Princes of
Dol Amroth
2855 - 2953
Adrahil II
2917 - 3010
2886 - 2984
2950 - 2988
Denethor II
2930 - 3019
two daughters
2978 - 3019
2983 - Fo.A. 82

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2014: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

In the Extended Edition, Thranduil mentions "Ecthelion of Gondor" to Bard as someone who he could sell the Arkenstone to. At the time in the books, Turgon was steward of Gondor, but Ecthelion was already an adult.

[edit] Etymology


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 206
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
Ecthelion II
House of Húrin
Born: T.A. 2886 Died: T.A. 2984
Preceded by:
25th Ruling Steward of Gondor
T.A. 2953 - 2984
Followed by:
Denethor II