THE HOUSE OF FINWË FAMILY TREE by Bluetiger
This chart shows The Royal Noldor House of King Finwë, and its cadet branches, The House of Fëanor, The House of Fingolfin and The House of Finarfin. Descendants of Eärendil and Elwing are omitted, as I plan to create another tree for the Royal House of Númenor – the scions of Elros Tar-Minyatur – Kings of Westernesse, and Lords of Andúnië (descendants of Elatan and Silmariën, King Tar-Elendil’s firstborn daughter). From the House of Andúnië came Amandil and his son Elendil the Tall. Elendil’s sons, Isildur and Anárion founded the royal Houses of Arnor and Gondor.
The Kingdom of Arnor became divided into three realms, Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur. Lines from those two last kingdoms died out, but House of Arthedain survived for fifteen generations. The final King, Arvedui faced an invasion from Angmar, led by The Witch-king himself. The northern capital of Fornost fell, and the king was forced to flee and hide in the cold, dead lands by the Ice-bay of Forochel. There the ice-men called Lossoths came to his aid, and thanks to them, Arvedui and his retainers survived the long, harsh winter. Círdan the Shipwrights, Lord of Grey Havens, dispatched one of his famed ships to recover the king. Arvedui boarded the vessel, taking two last palantíri stones of the North with him. The Chieftain of Lossoth spoke to him one last time, and warned: “Do not mount on this sea-monster! If they have them, let the seamen bring us food and other things that we need, and you may stay here till the Witch-king goes home. For in summer his power wanes; but now his breath is deadly, and his cold arm is long.” Nevertheless, the ship sailed, but great wind came from the north, the hull was broken on ice, and sank. Thus died the last King of Arthedain.
Henceforth the Dúnedain became a scattered people, ruled by Chieftains, of whom Aranarth Arvedui’s son was the first. The sixteenth Chieftain was Aragorn II, who would go on to forge the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor, and rule as its High King. When King Elessar married Lord Elrond’s daughter Arwen the Evenstar, the two branches of the House of Eärendil were reunited after millennia.
In Gondor, there have been 31 monarchs from the House of Anárion. (Until Elessar, Gondor has had 33 kings, but the first was Elendil, and Isildur ruled as King for some time. He was followed by Anárion’s fourth child, Meneldil. Before Aragorn, the last King of Gondor was Eärnur, who accapted the challange the Witch-king issued from Minas Morgul, an offer of a single combat. The King rode past the gates of the Tower of Dark Sorcery, once radiant Tower of the Rising Moon, and was never seen again. From now on, The Ruling Stewards governed the realm. First of those was Mardil Voronwë. King Minardil, the 25th monarch of Gondor, decreed that Stewardship be hereditary in the line of his own Steward Húrin of Emyn Arnen. Denethor II was the 26th Ruling Steward. Members of this House were descendants of Númenóreans, but not related to the Royal House of Gondor.