Steward of Gondor
Second highest man in Gondor. The Steward served the King. He was the King's Chief advisor and the leader of the Council of Gondor, which made suggestions about what to do to the King. The first Steward was in the time of Romendacil I, who was at war with the Easterlings and needed a trusted friend to guard the King's palace. The Stewards continued to be trusted friends of the King. The first named Steward, Hurin of Emyn Arnen, served through Minardil, Telemnar, and Tarandor and the House of the Stewards was named after him. The steward to King Ondoher, who was killed at war, was Pelendur, who chose a new King and ruled over Gondor for a time. The next significant thing the happened to the Stewards was, in 2053, King Earnur was killed by the Witch-King of Angmar. He had no relatives, and the Steward Mardil Voronwe took hold of the throne. The Ruling-Stewards were lesser men who had taken the rule of Gondor, and were responsible for its ruin. They did not do a good job at defending the country, and many Gondorians died. Steward Cirion did one good deed in letting the Eotheod have Rohan. In 2984, a truly deranged Steward became ruler: Denethor II. He was very cruel to his second son Faramir and only loved his first son Boromir. He hated Aragorn, who was the heir to the throne. He also had a desire to receive the Ring of Power. Boromir died trying to get it. Since Sauron believed Denethor had the Ring, he sent 600,000 of his best servants fully armed to attack Minas Tirith. Denethor died in this battle, and after the War of the Ring, Aragorn was crowned King. Stewards returned to being the second in command and Gondor was strong again.