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Denethor I

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Denethor I was the tenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

BiographyEdit

Denethor I was born in TA 2375[1], Denethor I was the son of Rian, the sister of the ninth Ruling Steward Dior.

Following the death of his uncle, Dior, in TA 2435 Denethor I became the tenth Ruling Steward of Gondor. Denethor I was final steward to rule during the era known as the Watchful Peace. After ruling Gondor peacefully twenty five years, the Watchful Peace ended in TA 2460 with the return of Sauron. In TA 2475 Sauron's forces attacked Gondor unleashing the dreaded Uruk-hai, a new race of black Orcs both heavy and strong and for whom later were most feared for many years to come. They destroyed Osgiliath and broke its great stone-bridge leaving it ruined and abandoned from then on. However, the Men of Gondor under the leadership of Denethor I's son Boromir recaptured Ithilien from Sauron's forces, and drove them back east of the river. Denethor I died two years later in the year TA 2477 at the age of 102 years old after a rule of forty-two years. He was succeeded by his son Boromir.[2][3]

EtymologyEdit

In Nandorin Elvish, the name Denethor means "Lithe-and-lank", from the words dene ("strong, lithe") and thara ("tall, slender").[4]

House of HúrinEdit

   
   
   
   
Húrin
of Emyn Arnen
   
   
   
   
Pelendur
   
   
   
   
Vorondil
   
   
   
   
Mardil Voronwë
   
   
   
   
Eradan
   
   
   
   
Herion
   
   
   
   
Belegorn
   
   
   
   
Húrin I
   
   
   
   
Túrin I
   
   
   
   
Hador
   
   
   
   
Barahir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Dior
   
   
Rían
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Denethor I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Two daughters
   
   
Boromir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Cirion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hallas
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Húrin II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Belecthor I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Orodreth
   
   
   
   
Morwen
   
   
Ecthelion I
   
   
   
   
Unknown
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Egalmoth
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Beren
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Beregond
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Belecthor II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thorondir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Túrin II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Turgon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ecthelion II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Two daughters
   
   
Denethor II
   
   
Finduilas
   
   
   
   
House of Eorl
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Boromir
   
   
   
   
   
   
Faramir
   
   
   
   
   
   
Éowyn
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elboron
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Barahir


Ruling Steward of Gondor
Preceded by
Dior
Denethor I Succeeded by
Boromir
TA 2435 - TA 2477


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iv): "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Four: Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D: Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language'

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