House of Húrin

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In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, the House of Húrin was founded by Húrin of Emyn Arnen, Steward to King Minardil, the twenty-fifth King of Gondor. They were of high Númenórean blood, but not descendants of Elendil in the ruling line. Pelendur, a descendant of Húrin of Emyn Arnen, was the first Steward of Gondor.

The House of Húrin was founded by Húrin of Emyn Arnen who was Steward to King Minardil and after his death the Kings chose their Stewards exclusively from his descendants. In T.A. 1998 the Stewardship became hereditary in the House of Húrin following the death of Pelendur.

The Stewards rose in prominence during the days of the last Kings who came to rely on them increasingly as a kind of Chief Minister. After the last King of Gondor died without an heir, the House of Húrin ruled Gondor for 969 years until the heir of Isildur from the House of Elendil, Aragorn, again reclaimed the Throne after the War of the Ring.

Tolkien sets forth the family tree of the House of Húrin in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings, parts II (ii) and II (iv). Elboron, son of Faramir and 2nd Prince of Ithilien, is not included in Appendix A, but is mentioned in The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII, p. 221–223. Faramir's grandson Barahir is mentioned in the Prologue of The Lord of the Rings as the author of The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, but the text does not indicate whether he was the son of Elboron or whether he was a Steward.

Húrin family tree
   #    Ruling Stewards of Gondor
   *    non-Stewards
Húrin of Emyn Arnen
Mardil Voronwë#
Húrin I#
Túrin I#
Dior# Rian*
Denethor I#
Húrin II#
Belecthor I#
Orodreth# Morwen*
Ecthelion I# unknown*
Belecthor II#
Túrin II#
Ecthelion II# House of Dol Amroth
Denethor II#
Finduilas* House of Eorl
Boromir* Faramir


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  • The History of Middle-earth, vol. XII, The Peoples of Middle-earth: "The Heirs of Elendil," p. 204-207, 221, 223