Castamir the Usurper becomes King of Gondor
Event Type: Political
Age: 3rd Age - The Kings
An event in the Kin-strife in Gondor; see that entry for an overview:
The Southern Line: Heirs of Anárion
Kings of Gondor....
Eldacar... deposed 1437. Castamir the Usurper †1447. Eldacar restored, died 1490.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The Realms in Exile
22. [Castamir1]. born 1259 seized throne 1437 †slain 1447.
The Peoples of Middle-earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Southern Line of Gondor: The Anárioni
Castamir had not long sat upon the throne before he proved himself haughty and ungenerous. He was a cruel man, as he had first shown in the taking of Osgiliath. He caused Ornendil son of Eldacar, who was captured, to be put to death; and the slaughter and destruction done in the city at his bidding far exceeded the needs of war. This was remembered in Minas Anor and in Ithilien; and there love for Castamir was further lessened when it became seen that he cared little for the land, and thought only of the fleets, and purposed to remove the king's seat to Pelargir.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion
† The sign † indicates a premature death, in battle or otherwise, though an annal of the event is not always included.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers
1 This text is from one of Tolkien's early drafts. For the sake of clarity, earlier versions of proper names used by Tolkien in this draft have been replaced with the versions in use in the canon sources. All substitutions are marked with brackets.
Elena Tiriel 11Dec04, 14Mar08