13557RE: [TolkienDiscussions] Eärnur
- Jun 1, 2004The Arnorean claim was based on a marriage of a Gondorian princess to a King of Arnor; as she was the last surviving child of the Gondorian king, she could--under the ancient Numenorean custom--have become Ruling Queen. However, in Gondor the King was essentially a war-leader--the crown was, remember, a stylized helmet--which would have been regarded as an unsuitable job for a woman; that she had a husband capable of dealing with those duties would have bolstered her claim, but he was of the line of Isildur, who had arguably renounced his claim to Gondor by giving it to Anarion; furthermore, that husband had a kingdom of his own to run, one which was beset with problems; he might well divert Gondorian resources to the North. Hence, the Steward and Council awarded the crown to a royal cousin, who was a) known to the Gondorians; b) already a proven military leader.
From: Rob [mailto:robaverbeck@...]
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 10:56 PM
Subject: RE: [TolkienDiscussions] Eärnur
I've never been too familiar with this period of ME history. If an heir
of the bloodline was alive somewhere how come regents took over? For
longer than the period until a known heir was of age, I mean. In other
words I am asking how Aragorn's bloodline was unknown, how the first
"royal in hiding" was not known to the Gondorians et al.
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