Mardil Voronwë becomes Steward of Gondor
Event Type: Political
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Stewards of Gondor.
The House of Húrin: ... Vorondil the Hunter 2029. Mardil Voronwë 'the Steadfast', the first of the Ruling Stewards. His successors ceased to use High-elven names.
Mardil 2080, Eradan 2116 ...
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The Realms in Exile
Eärnur rides to Minas Morgul and is lost. Mardil becomes the first Ruling Steward.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
Since his death was not certain Mardil the Good Steward ruled Gondor in his name for many years. In any case no male descendants of the royal line, among those whose blood was little mixed, could be found.
The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Southern Line of Gondor: The Anárioni
Each new [Ruling] Steward indeed took office with the oath 'to hold rod and rule in the name of the king, until he shall return.' But these soon became words of ritual little heeded, for the Stewards exercised all the power of the kings. ...
After Mardil Voronwë, who was reckoned the first of the line there followed twenty-four Ruling Stewards of Gondor, until the time of Denethor II, the twenty-sixth and last.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion: The Stewards
Elena Tiriel 11May05