It’s a history lesson today, and one that we’ve heard parts of before. The history of Gondor!
Basically, it’s been a failure of past-thinking kings. Ancient Númenóreans concerned themselves with trying to live forever, or at least leaving a great legacy. They didn’t think to foster strong future generations. Slowly, childless kings brought about the end of the line. The stewards took over from there, making friends with northern men who aided them in battle. These people became the Rohirrim when Gondor granted them the lands just to the north of Gondor, now Rohan. Though not descended from the men of Númenor, these men think of themselves just as powerful.
-Cirion: The 12th steward of Gondor. Denethor is 26th, for reference. Cirion first allied with the men who now live in Rohan.
-Calenardhon: The region to the north of Gondor, now known as Rohan. Rohan is a better name, anyway.
Yes, we heard some of this history earlier with Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimil visiting Rohan. It had more of a Rohan skew, but it was much the same. In fact, it might even be happening right now. Parallels!
It’s an interesting trick of writing like this, where two stories are happening simultaneously. Which half did Tolkien write first? Did he work on both at once? It’s very possible, unsure of which was to go first, he put this bit of history in both perspectives. With a little editing, they turn out not to be the exact same histories, but they’re undoubtedly similar.
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Oh, a surprise word there! That was thrilling.
No one dies today.
“‘For so we reckon Men in our lore, calling them the High, or Men of the West, which were Númenóreans; and the Middle Peoples,…'”