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Isildur Elendilion
Isildur
Vital statistics
Birth SA 3209
Death TA 2
Age 234
Fate Killed in the Battle of Gladden Fields
Family
Parentage Unknown
Siblings Unknown
Spouse Unknown
Children Unknown
Physical attributes
Hair color Black
Eye color Grey
Gender Male
Weapon Sword
Race Human
Actor Harry Sinclair
Hugo Weaving (voice)

Isildur Elendilion was the elder son of Elendil and one of the Faithful who survived the Akallabeth of Númenor. He suffered grievous injury but slipped away to recover, and thus assured the survival of the tree's line. He escaped from the Downfall, and in the cataclysm his ship —and that of his brother Anárion — were both driven southwards towards the Bay of Belfalas. The vessels bearing their father Elendil and his retainers went North, towards Eriador and Lindon. Isildur and Anárion founded the Kingdom of Gondor and ruled jointly from Pelargir, and then Osgiliath. Isildur later built the fortified hill-city of Minas Ithil and was Lord of Ithilien until SA 3429, when Sauron's forces invaded Gondor and seized his home town. He fled to Arnor to gather an army, and soon returned to aid his beleaguered brother. Isildur stood with his father and the Elven High-king Gil-galad as they faced Sauron on the slopes of Orodruin in SA 3441. Both Elendil and Gil-galad fell before the might of the Dark Lord, but their deaths were not in vain. As the Evil One broke Narsil and struck down Elendil the Tall, Isildur grasped the hilt-shard of the sword and cut the Ruling Ring from Sauron's burning hand. His focus of power stripped away, the Dark Lord could not retain his form. He passed into the Shadows. As the sole surviving Dúnedain King after the War of the Last Alliance, Isildur ruled Gondor for two years and then set off for his father's capital at Annúminas in Arnor. It was on his journey north to take the throne of Arnor that he was ambushed by Orcs. In the ensuing Battle of Gladden Fields, Isildur lost the One Ring, as well as his life.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Isildur was born in the year SA 3209 of the Second Age in Númenor, the first son of Elendil and Vardamire Elennúmen. Married to Lirulinë Ilmalómë, Isildur had four sons: Elendur, Aratan, Ciryon, and Valandil. He was also the elder brother of Anárion and Elemmire. In Isildur's youth, Númenor's King Ar-Pharazôn was corrupted by Sauron, who urged that the Nimloth the White Tree be cut down. Isildur went to the court of the king in disguise and stole a fruit of the tree. He was severely wounded in his escape, but his sacrifice was not in vain: Nimloth was cut down and burned shortly afterward, but the line of the White Tree continued. When Númenor was destroyed by Ilúvatar, Elendil's family escaped in seven ships.

Settling in Middle-earthEdit

Once the refugees from Númenor fled east to the continent of Middle-earth, sildur's father Elendil landed in the north, founding the realm of Arnor, while Isildur and his brother Anárion landed in the south and established the realm of Gondor, which they ruled jointly until Anárion was killed in Mordor. Isildur settled on the east bank of the Anduin and established the city of Minas Ithil (which would later be named Minas Morgul), as well as the province of Ithilien. His throne and his brother Anárion's stood side by side in the city of Osgiliath. However, in SA 3429, Sauron captured Minas Ithil and destroyed the White Tree. Isildur and his family escaped down the Anduin by boat, bearing with them a seedling of the tree. They sailed to Lindon, seeking the Elven High King Ereinion Gil-galad and Elendil in Arnor. Anárion bought time for Gondor by defending Osgiliath and driving the Dark Lord back to the mountains, while Elendil and Gil-galad marshalled their forces. Isildur returned with Elendil and Gil-galad in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men in SA 3434.

After the Alliance was victorious over Sauron's host at the Battle of Dagorlad, they advanced into Mordor and laid siege to Barad-dûr. When Minas Ithil was recaptured, Isildur sent his younger sons Aratan and Ciryon to man that fortress, which would prevent Sauron and his forces from escaping that way. Isildur was accompanied throughout the war by his eldest son Elendur. The campaign in Mordor was long and bitter, and Anárion was slain by a stone from the Dark Tower. Besieged in the Dark Tower for seven years, the enemy was all but defeated, and Sauron appeared to challenge the king. During the final battle on the slopes of Mount Doom, Elendil and Gil-galad were both slain in combat with the Dark Lord, but Sauron's mortal form was slain as well. The Second Age ended, and Isildur became High King of Arnor and Gondor.

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