The Kin-Strife: A Novel: 1. The Beginning

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1. The Beginning

This is a story that takes place a long time ago in the realm of Gondor. This story is one that has been recorded ages ago, but not lost to history as the ages went by. This is the story of Eldacar, the King of Gondor during the Kin-strife, and how he lost and regained his throne.

It all started in the year 1240. Minalcar, the nephew of King Narmacil I of Gondor, was appointed Regent of Gondor. He became an ambassador to Rhovanian. Narmacil did not do much to hold his power, but Minalcar was a great man and proved himself a capable ambassador to Rhovanian. They shared a common enemy in the Easterlings of Rhun, but they overcame this in numerous battles.

Minalcar's wife was a woman named Elenwen. They had a son, Valacar. Valacar, who was forty-six years of age at the time, often rode with his father to Rhovanion. Valacar partook in many battles against invaders from the east. They were aided by Vidugavia, the titular King of Phovanion, who had recently succeeded his father. He was indeed the most powerful of the Northmen.

In 1250, Valacar was sent as an ambassador to live with Vidugavia in Burh Waldhar, the capital of Vidugavia's realm. He greatly enjoyed the company of Vidugavia. Valacar and Vidugavia continued to fight off the Easterlings, and had many great adventures between the Iron Hills and Mordor. Valacar became acquainted with the Northmen and learned their tongue and mannerisms, bringing them back to Gondor later on.

Vidugavia had a fair queen by the name of Adelgundis. The King and Queen of Rhovanion had several sons and daughters, one of their daughters being Vidumavi. She was but a small child when Minalcar became ambassador, but Vidumavi eventually blossomed into a beautiful young woman. She had blonde hair and deep blue eyes. She danced through the woods and sang with the birds.

Now it came to be in the year 1253 that Vidumavi had reached seventeen years of age. By now she was considered the fairest woman in all of Rhovanion. Many men sought her hand in marriage. Vidumavi and Valacar were great friends and only grew closer as the years went by. At last, she was of marrigeable age. Valacar was now madly in love with Vidumavi, and he wanted to marry her. Vidugavia and Adelgundis were pleased with the decision. Minalcar and Elenwen were a little uneasy at first, but they could not take no for an answer without upsetting the King and Queen of Rhovanion. Minalcar and his wife agreed to let Valacar marry Vidugavia's daughter, and the two lovers were bethrothed that year. The following year, Valacar and Vidumavi were married in a lavish ceremony.

Valacar and Vidumavi were happy after their wedding, and they took up residence in Burh Waldhar. In 1255, one year after Valacar's wedding, Vidumavi bore him a son. This child was named Vinitharya, a name in the tongue of Vidugavia's people. Four years later, Vidumavi became pregnant again, this time having a daughter. She was named Heilgardis. These two children were born in Rhovanion.

Not long after the births of his children, Valacar was called back to Gondor. A few people scoffed at Valacar for taking a wife of an alien and lesser race of Men. Others accepted him and felt that the toughness of the Northmen ran in the veins of his young children. Overall, the welcome was quite warm for the two. Later, Vidumavi bore another child, and named him Hildefons. This happened when Vinitharya was eleven and his sister was seven.

After a while, it was decided that Valacar's children needed names in the tongue of Gondor. Vinitharya was given the name Eldacar. His sister was called Failaire, and his brother was called Altandur. The three were raised in Gondor together. Even Vidumavi adapted to Gondorian life, and took the name Galadwen.

In the year 1294, Narmacil I died. He was succeeded by his brother Calmacil, who was the father of Minalcar. Minalcar succeded Calmacil ten years after this, taking the name Romendacil II to honor his eastern victories. By then, Eldacar and his siblings had grown into young adults. They inherited their father's looks, but they added the fearless spirit of the Northmen. This was particularly noticed in Eldacar.

However, things did not go well for the Northman. Around the same time as the death of Narmacil, Vidugavia fell ill and died. Adelgundis died only a year later. Though Vidugavia's son Adalhelm proved as capable as his father, the power of the Northmen began to wane. To compensate, Valacar and Eldacar helped the Northmen out and protected them from invaders.

Eldacar was destined to be the King of Gondor after the death of his father. However, it was still the reign of his grandfather Romendacil, so Eldacar would have to wait quite a long time.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Ûrêzirân

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: 3rd Age - The Kings

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 09/18/10

Original Post: 09/16/10

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