Part of the Eldacari-Castamirioni conflict »
Date 1432–1448
Location Gondor
Result Victory for Eldacar, followed by First Corsair War
 Loyalists  Traditionalist League
 Ornendil †
 Castamir †


"But Valacar far exceeded his father's designs. He grew to love the Northern lands and people, and he married Vidumavi, daughter of Vidugavia... Therefore when Eldacar succeeded his father there was war in Gondor. But Eldacar did not prove easy to thrust from his heritage. To the lineage of Gondor he added the fearless spirit of the Northmen. He was handsome and valiant, and showed no sign of ageing more swiftly than his father. When the confederates led by the descendants of the kings rose against him, he opposed them to the end of his strength. At last he was besieged in Osgiliath, and held it long, until hunger and the greater forces of the rebels drove him out, leaving the city in flames. In that siege and burning the Tower of the Stone of Osgiliath was destroyed, and the palantír was lost in the waters." – The Gondorian Chronicler

The Kin-strife (1432–1448) was a series of disastrous civil wars for the throne of Gondor, fought between supporters of two rival branches of the Royal House: the houses of Calimehtar and Minalcar. The first civil war (1432–1437) pitted the supporters of King Eldacar against the Council of Gondor, while the second war (1447–1448) saw fighting between supporters of King Castamir and supporters of Eldacar. The Kin-strife ended with Eldacar's victory at the Siege of Pelargir on 3 September 1448.

The Kin-strife led to the execution of Ornendil, the exile of his father, Eldacar, and secession of Umbar and South Gondor.
Constitutionally, the wars established the precedent that a Gondorian monarch could circumvent the Council of Gondor and govern without the consent of his peers.


The unrest that created the Kin-strife began when Valacar, the son of the Gondorian king Minalcar Rómendacil II, married a woman of the Northmen of Rhovanion, Vidumavi. She bore him a son Eldacar, but many Gondorians of Númenórean blood were angered by this mixing of blood of Middle Men and Númenóreans, and the coastal provinces rebelled when Valacar grew old and refused to change the order of succession.

When in 1432 Eldacar did succeed his father the unrest grew into open rebellion, as many Gondorians saw Eldacar as a halfbreed who had no right to rule, and compromised the continuing divine providence which was linked to the purity of the Line of Elros. Majority in the Council of Gondor did not accept the ascension of Eldacar and refused their fealty. When Eldacar proclaimed himself without the consent of the Council, his opposition gathered in Pelargir under the title of Traditionalist League.

Rebel confederates gathered their supporters and marched in force to Osgiliath to demand Eldacar's abdication. They were routed near Pelennor by Loyalist cavalry. Eldacar managed to hold Osgiliath for five years until the city fell and was badly ruined by vicious urban warfare. The great Dome of the Stars collapsed after the Royal Palace was destroyed by fire, and its palantír was lost. Castamir, Lord of the Ships and leader of the confederates, was crowned King of Gondor in 1437, forcing Eldacar into exile. Eldacar fled to Rhovanion.

A full decade later, in 1447, Eldacar returned from Rhovanion with an army of Northmen and exiled Gondorians. At the same time a rebellion against Castamir's rule took place. Eldacar managed to kill Castamir at the Battle of the Crossings of Erui, but Castamir's sons and many of their supporters fled south to Pelargir and held it for a year, before withdrawing to the Haven of Umbar. Eldacar could not follow them, as the fleet was under control of the Traditionalist League. The League changed its name to Castamirioni League in remembrance of their fallen hero, and declared secession from Gondor.

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