Meneldil

Meneldil (ME-date|SA|3318ME-date|TA|158) is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's universe of Middle-earth. His name means "devoted to heaven".

He was the son and fourth child of Anárion, and was recorded in some sources as being the last man born in Númenor before the downfall. (Other sources assign that status to Isildur's eldest son, Elendur.) He had three older siblings, about whom nothing is known; they may all have been sisters, or he may have had brothers who predeceased him.

After the War of the Last Alliance where Anárion was slain, Isildur entrusted Gondor's rule to his nephew Meneldil. He became the third King of Gondor in ME-date|TA|2. It is said in "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields" ("Unfinished Tales") that Meneldil was well pleased by Isildur's departure and hoped that affairs in the North would keep them well occupied.

Given these facts, it is tempting to believe that Meneldil was responsible for the subsequent belief in Gondor that they were independent from Arnor and not subject to the authority of the High King. However, this is speculative, as there is no record of Meneldil claiming publicly that Isildur had relinquished the kingdom to him.

He died in T.A. 158 and was succeeded by his son Cemendur.

External links

* [http://members.ozemail.com.au/~sdgeard/hccnum.html A History and Complete Chronology of Númenor] - A detailed chronology of Númenor, its successor states and their rulers.


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