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Known to have been established in III 3019, though the title may predate this by some considerable time
Emyn Arnen is pronounced 'e'min a'rnen', at least locally within Gondor1
Emyn Arnen probably means 'Hills of Ithilien'2


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Lord of Emyn Arnen

A title of Steward Faramir

Denethor II

The descent of the Lords of Emyn Arnen from Denethor II, Ruling Steward of Gondor. The name of Faramir's heir is not clearly established (some sources suggest 'Elboron', but that name's canonicity is open to question). Faramir's grandson Barahir is the last of Faramir's descendants described in records, but there is no reason to think that the line did not continue past Barahir's generation.

The hills of Emyn Arnen lay southeast from Minas Tirith, within sight of that city but across the Anduin in South Ithilien. They had long been associated with the Stewards of Gondor, and the House of the Stewards traced their ancestry back to Húrin of Emyn Arnen, who had served King Minardil in the seventeenth century of the Third Age. At the end of that Age, when the new King Elessar appointed Faramir as his own Steward, he also gave him the titles Prince of Ithilien and Lord of Emyn Arnen, and the new Lord took up his residence in those hills.

Given the Stewards' descent from Húrin, it is possible that 'Lord of Emyn Arnen' was a title held by each of his descendants, and that each Steward was therefore also a Lord. As Faramir is the only named Lord of Emyn Arnen, however, it is equally possible that the title was devised individually for him by Aragorn.



The pronunciation of the y vowel varied according to the speaker's accent. Within Gondor, the normal pronunciation of emyn ('hills') would be 'e'min', but elsewhere 'e'moon' would be more common.


See note 2 to the entry for Emyn Arnen for a more detailed discussion of the name.

See also...

Prince of Ithilien


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