Thengel becomes King of Rohan
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
15. Fengel. ... He was greedy ... and at strife ... with his children. Thengel, his third child and only son, left Rohan when he came to manhood and lived long in Gondor, and won honour in the service of Turgon.
16. Thengel. ... When Fengel died the Rohirrim recalled him, and he returned unwillingly. But he proved a good and wise king; though the speech of Gondor was used in his house, and not all men thought that good. ...
It was soon after Thengel's return that Saruman declared himself Lord of Isengard and began to give trouble to Rohan, encroaching on its borders and supporting its enemies.
17. Théoden. He ... fell into a decline under the spells of Saruman, but was healed by Gandalf ...
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl
[Contributor's note: Although the exact time frame is not given, Aragorn in disguise must have spent several years in Rohan prior to moving on to Gondor. Since he was well-received by Ecthelion, one can surmise that he had been in Rohan long enough in the 2960's-early 2970's to go with knowledgable recommendations from Thengel. What contributions he made to Thengel while serving within the ranks in Rohan is unknown.]
Thevina Finduilas 28Oct03
added quotes: Elena Tiriel 14Aug04