Other Name(s): Vinitharya
Type: Mixed Dúnedain/Man of the North
Dates: III 1255 - 1490
Location(s): Rhovanion, Gondor
Parent(s): Vidumavi, Valacar
Child/ren: Ornendil, Aldamir, unnamed daughter
Character Description and Notes:
"Eldakar was a man of great stature, handsome and valiant, and showed no sign of ageing more swiftly than his father."
Peoples of Middle-earth, Part 1, Ch IX, The Making of Appendix A, i., 'The Realms in Exile'
1432 Acceded to the throne on the death of his father
1437 Deposed by Castamir
1447 Retook the throne
Although information is scant, Tolkien indicates some of his character:
"Eldacar did not prove easy to thrust from his heritage. To the lineage of Gondor he added the fearless spirit of the Northmen."
When the confederates led by descendants of the kings rose against him, he opposed them to the end of his strength. At last he was besieged in Osgiliath, and held it long, until hunger and the greater forces of the rebels drove him out, leaving the city in flames.
'But Eldacar eluded his enemies, and came to the North, to his kinsfolk in Rhovanion. Many gathered to him there, both of the Northmen in the service of Gondor, and of the Dúnedain of the northern parts of the realm. For many of the latter had learned to esteem him, and many more came to hate his usurper.
'Thus he had been king only ten years, when Eldacar, seeing his time, came with a great army out of the north, and folk flocked to him from Calenardhon and Anórien and Ithilien.
The above are from RotK, Appendix A, I, iv, Gondor and the Heirs of Anarion
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