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Heren Requain

Heren Requain is the order of knights or list of ennobled persons and families in Gondor. The knight (Rochben) has the general meaning of any armed person mounted on a horse, but in this context carries the specific meaning of "noble". It is divided in ranks of peerage. An individual who is not a sovereign nor a peer is called commoner. Commoners are further distinguished between citizens (subjects to Númenórean law) and subjects (who are to judged by their own laws).

New members may be raised to the Order, if he or she meets property qualification of 2000 Crowns (40 000 Silver Royals) and testify that three of his or her four grandparents are of undiluted Dúnadan blood. Senior male members of the Order have right to sit in the ruling Great Council of Gondor (Q. Alta Heren, S. Govadan Gondorim). Membership in the Order is either for life or hereditary. The inheritance of and the privileges associated with Heren Requain are regulated by the Council of Gondor, which also advises the monarch on the selection process. A body of privileges belong to the knights, their wives and their unremarried widows, including the right to be tried by fellow peers, the right to carry a long sword (anket) in public and the right to be exempt from civil arrest. It is unlawful to sentence any Rochben to death, even by Royal writ.


See also: Titles and ranks in Gondor

Peers are of four ranks, in descending order of hierarchy:

Hîratar (Count) is the highest rank of Gondorian peerage. He is a major landholder who has received a perpertual right of jurisdiction over his lands in lieu of services rendered to the winged crown. Beginning from the late 17th century, the King routinely appointed the eldest son of a deceased lord to his father's position, and counts became hereditary peers. In Arnor, Hîratars were hereditary feudal vassals from the beginning.

Rheinhîr (Margrave) is a member of the Heren Requain who has been granted jurisdiction over a border area, with obligation to raise and maintain certain number of troops there. The grant is for life, but is hereditary only if renewed by the King. This arrangement came to being in the 17th and 18th century, when the King's ability to personally rule his whole realm declined with his waning resources.

Condir (Squire, Magistrate, Signore). A confusing title, which is used in several differing contexts. As a dignity conferred by the king, it ranks below Rheinhîrs, being the lowest rank in the peerage. Wife of a Condir has the honorific of Hîril (Her Ladyship).

Rochben (Knight) is a male member of an ennobled family or a life peer who has not received nor inherited any of the ranks above.

For peers, the various titles are in the form of (Rank) (Name of Title) or (Rank) of (Name of Title). The name of the title can either be a place-name or a surname. The precise usage depends on the rank of the peerage and on certain other general considerations.

List of all equestrian families

(In order of prededence)

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