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Mardil Voronwë

Biographical information

Other names
The Steadfast
Titles
Steward to the King of Gondor, Ruling Steward of Gondor
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Date of death
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Unnamed wife
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Mardil Voronwë was a noble Man of Gondor from the House of Húrin during the mid-Third Age in Middle-earth and was the following:

  1. Steward to King Eärnil II (TA 2029 - TA 2043);
  2. Steward to King Eärnur (TA 2043 - TA 2050);
  3. First Ruling Steward of Gondor (TA 2050 - TA 2080).

BiographyEdit

Mardil Voronwë was the son of the Vorondil, a great hunter of beasts.[2][3] During his youth, the position of Steward was already a hereditary title. The stewardship had resided with his line since the days of his grandfather Pelendur. Mardil received the title of Steward on the death of his father Vorondil in TA 2029. His Stewardship began during the last part of the reign of King Eärnil II and throughout the reign of Eärnur, Eärnil's son.

During Eärnur's reign as king, Mardil was charged with the difficult task of restraining the wrath of Eärnur to fight the Witch-king of Angmar, the chief of the Ringwraiths, who accused Eärnur after the Battle of Fornost of being afraid to fight him.

The King of Minas Morgul (one of the titles of the Ringwraith) reminded Eärnur of this and challenged him at the start of his reign TA 2043. Although Eärnur wanted to fight the King of Morgul he was restrained with difficulty by Mardil. However, when the Witch King issued another challenge with great insult seven years later in TA 2050, Eärnur would not be restrained and thus Mardil could not stop him from doing what he wanted to do. He marched to Minas Morgul and was never seen again.[4]

Eärnur did not marry and thus had no children, so Mardil took it upon himself to rule Gondor. There was no one with a clear and unassailable claim to the throne, so the rule of the Stewards was a way of averting civil war. Because the fate of the King was unknown, Mardil made an oath to rule until "the King returns". This oath would be sworn by all of the Ruling Stewards. Mardil ruled Gondor with a steady hand and earned the nickname Voronwë, which means "the Steadfast" in Quenya.

During his rule, the Watchful Peace began when Sauron retreated from Dol Guldur in TA 2063 and went back to Mordor. It was soon learned that Eärnur had met certain death at Minas Morgul, and upon Mardil's death in TA 2080 at the age of 120 years old, his son Eradan succeeded him as the second Ruling Steward of Gondor.

After Mardil's rule his successors stopped using High-elven names in their official names.[2]

EtymologyEdit

Mardil is a Quenyan word that means 'Friend of the (Royal) House'.[5]

House of HúrinEdit

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


Preceded by:
Vorondil the Hunter
Steward to the King of Gondor
TA 2029 - TA 2050
Followed by:
None until Faramir, 969 years later
Preceded by:
None
Ruling Steward of Gondor
TA 2050 - TA 2080
Followed by:
Eradan
Stewards to the King of Gondor

Húrin of Emyn Arnen | Pelendur | Vorondil | Mardil | Faramir | Elboron


Ruling Stewards of Gondor

Mardil Voronwë | Eradan | Herion | Belegorn | Húrin I | Túrin I | Hador | Barahir | Dior | Denethor I | Boromir | Cirion | Hallas | Húrin II | Belecthor I | Orodreth | Ecthelion I | Egalmoth | Beren | Beregond | Belecthor II | Thorondir | Túrin II | Turgon | Ecthelion II | Denethor II



ReferencesEdit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter I: "Minas Tirith"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Chapter V: "The Window on the West"
  5. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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