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Born 2905 T.A., died 2980. Reign began 2953.
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Thengel was the sixteenth King of Rohan, son of Fengel
and father of Théoden.
Born in the year 2905 of the Third Age, he lived in Edoras for all his
Upon reaching manhood, he went to live in Gondor, in part because of
father's lifestyle, his greed for gold and for food. It is likely he went
Gondor before the year 2925 of the Third Age. Once there, he earned
honor in the service of the steward, Turgon.
year 2943 Thengel wedded Morwen of Lossarnach, younger than he by
years. In Gondor, Morwen bore Thengel three children, of whom the only
the second child, was Theoden.
When Fengel died, as all
men do, Thengel was recalled to Rohan where he became King. And even
he returned unwillingly, he became a good and wise leader. After his
his respect for Gondor was made apparent as he used their speech in
house. With this some men did not agree.
Saruman the wizard declared himself the Lord of Isengard and began to
the Rohirrim by infringing on Rohan's borders and by supporting her
Morwen bore Thengel two more daughters of whom the
last, Théodwyn, was born in 2963. She was the fairest, though a
of his old age.
For seventeen years more, Thengel lived
in the Golden Hall in Edoras until he died at age seventy-five in the year 2980 of
Third Age. His cause of death is more than likely old age, but some
of sickness cannot be ruled out. His successor was Theoden, the last of
Second Line of the Kings of Rohan.
References: Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales
As soon as Thengel reached manhood, he removed to
Gondor to fight
for the Steward Turin II. Marrying Morwen of Lossernach late on in
life, he had only one son, Théoden,
although he had five children altogether. When Thengel ascended to the
throne, he was unwilling to return to Rohan, but
giving in he made a good king and was popular.
However, the shadow began to return at this point
and Saruman declared
himself Lord of Isengard.
References: Unfinished Tales, Lord of the Rings,
Tolkien Quiz Book
Succeeded by Theoden
Turgon was the first Steward for whom Thengel fought;
Turin II became Steward 2852 and Thengel served him also. Ecthelion
became Steward the same year that Fengel died in 2953, so Thengel
either did not serve him or did so for only a short time.)
RotK App. A II starting p. 1029 ff
RotK App B Timeline at the end of RotK