Yes! The apparent racism of Numenoreans and this whole determination to 'keep their bloodlines pure'. I sometimes wonder if that whole philosophy, along with the running fight with Angmar, helped lead to the dwindling of the Arnorian people, whereas in Gondor, the mingling with Northmen kept them from dwindling so much even if it had an effect on their longevity.
Originally Posted by Lantaelen
Anyway, back to successful kings.... Eldacar had success in his battle against the Numenorean racist faction of Castamir, but as a king he wasn't really too successful in governing. He likely only got the Gondorian crown back due to Castamir being a very bad ruler. Eldacar's grandfather Rómendacil II was quite successful in battle and diplmacy, for he showed great foresight in firming up the alliance with the Northmen who helped greatly in his victory over the Easterlings. He was looking out for Gondor and it's future with this alliance, but things got out of hand with the Numenorean racist when his son Valacar married the hot blonde (at least in my mind) princess Vidumavi, introducing Northman blood into the royal line with the birth of Vinitharya (Eldacar).
I'll go on and say that Vidugavia was a very successful king of the Rhovanions, because by forging the initial alliance with Gondor against the Easterlings, he managed to befriend Gondor, have his daughter become a Gondorian princess by marriage, get his blood into the Gondorian royal line, Have his people mingle with the Gondorians, and in many years to come, have this alliance and friendship pay off with a new land when life in and around Mirkwood was becoming untenable. For Gondor's part, they had a strong allied army to protect their northern approach, and later, their western approach when they had dwindled to the point they could not man their western reaches.
I'll also say that King Elendil was fairly successful to have led the faithful out of a sinking Numenor, and managing a split kingdom with the help of his sons. The Last Alliance war kind of screwed it up at the end.
Last edited by Hanasian; 04/Feb/2017 at 01:16 AM.
Reason: fixing typos.
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