Map of Gondor

The History of Gondor

Gondor, the Kingdom of the South, founded by Elendil and his sons Isildur and Anarion sometime after the fall of Numenor. On the Great River Anduin they built Osgiliath, the ancient capital of Gondor, spanning both sides of the river with a great bridge connecting the two sides. They also built upon the mountain of Mindolluin, the great city Minas Tirith, the future capital of Gondor. Gondor spanned from Ithilien, all the way to Andrast, and even farther out in all directions. However, much of Gondor's land is covered by the mountain chain of Ered Nimrais. Gondor at first was ruled by both Isildur and Anarion, but years later both Elendil and his son Anarion were lost in the siege of Barad-dur. Soon afterward, Isildur was also killed by an orc attack in the Gladden Fields. The throne passed to Meneldil, Anarion's son. Many generations pass, until the time of Earnur, when he died in Minas Morgul. Afterward, the rule of the throne was taken up by Earnur's Steward, Mardil Voronwe. Because they were not certain that Earnur was dead, the Stewards pledged to rule until the King's return. Almost one thousand years later, Aragorn, whom we know from the Lord of the Rings books and movies, returned to reclaim the throne of Gondor after the Steward Denethor died during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

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