23 Facts About Isildur


Isildur is a fictional character in JR R Tolkien's Middle-earth, the elder son of Elendil, descended from Elros, the founder of the island Kingdom of Numenor.

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Isildur fled with his father when the island was drowned, becoming in his turn King of Arnor and Gondor.

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Isildur cut the Ring from Sauron's hand, but instead of destroying it, was corrupted by its power and claimed it for his own.

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Isildur was killed by orcs, and the Ring was lost in the River Anduin.

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Isildur's father was Elendil, descended from Elros, founder of the Kingdom of Numenor.

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Isildur went to the court of the king in disguise and stole a fruit of the tree.

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Isildur was severely wounded during his escape, but his sacrifice was not in vain: Nimloth was cut down and burned shortly afterwards, but the line of the White Tree continued by way of the stolen fruit.

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Isildur lived in Minas Ithil on the east side of the River Anduin and Anarion in Minas Anor on the west side; they ruled Gondor jointly from Osgiliath.

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Isildur returned with Elendil and Gil-galad in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

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When Minas Ithil was recaptured, Isildur sent his younger sons Aratan and Ciryon to man that fortress, preventing Sauron and his forces from escaping that way.

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Isildur was accompanied throughout the war by his eldest son Elendur.

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Isildur took up the hilt-shard of Narsil, Elendil's sword, and cut the One Ring from the hand of Sauron.

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Isildur made a scroll with a description of the Ring and a copy of its fading inscription.

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Isildur planted the seedling of the White Tree in Minas Anor in memory of Anarion.

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Isildur installed Anarion's son Meneldil as King of Gondor, and returned north en route to Arnor with his three sons.

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Isildur made first for Rivendell, where his wife and his fourth son, Valandil, had stayed throughout the War of the Last Alliance.

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At the Gladden Fields in the middle course of the River Anduin Isildur's party was ambushed by roaming Orcs from the Misty Mountains.

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Isildur had left Minas Anor with a party of some 200 soldiers.

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Isildur chose the route along the Anduin rather than the safer but longer road North.

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Isildur put on the Ring, hoping to escape under the cover of invisibility.

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Isildur is described as a man who cut the One Ring from Sauron's finger after his father defeated Sauron in single combat, then lost it while swimming across a river to escape Orcs.

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Paul H Kocher writes that whereas Isildur claimed the Ring as his own, Aragorn, on hearing Frodo's exclamation that since he is Isildur's direct descendant the Ring must be his, at once renounces all claim to it.

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In Ralph Bakshi's animated 1978 film version of The Lord of the Rings, Isildur is called Prince Isildur of the mighty Kings from across the Sea and appears as the events of the Last Alliance are portrayed in silhouette.

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