Line of Ship-kings of Gondor begins with Tarannon Falastur
Event Type: Political
Age: 3rd Age - The Kings
The accession of Tarannon Falastur begins the era of the four Ship-kings of Gondor who build up the realm's navy to its maximum strength:
Falastur begins the line of Ship-kings of Gondor.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
The Southern Line: Heirs of Anárion
Kings of Gondor....
Here followed the four 'Ship-kings':
Tarannon Falastur 913. He was the first childless king, and was succeeded by the son of his brother Tarciryan.
Eärnil I †936,
Hyarmendacil I (Ciryaher) 1149. Gondor now reached the height of its power.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The Realms in Exile
With Tarannon, the twelfth king, began the line of the Ship-kings, who built navies and extended the sway of Gondor along the coasts west and south of the Mouths of Anduin. To commemorate his victories as Captain of the Hosts, Tarannon took the crown in the name of Falastur 'Lord of the Coasts'.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion
[Owing] to the vigour of the 'Ship-kings', the line from Falastur onwards, Gondor reached the height of its power.
The Peoples of Middle-earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Southern Line of Gondor: The Anárioni
† The sign † indicates a premature death, in battle or otherwise, though an annal of the event is not always included.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers
Elena Tiriel 9Sep09