Stalwart of Cardolan

41645320Cardolan was a sub-realm of Gondor’s twin kingdom, Arnor. After the death of Arnor’s King Eärendur, his sons divided the realm into the 3 kingdoms of Arthedain, Rhudaur and Cardolan. In the year 861 of the Third Age Arnor’s 10th king Eärendur, died. Due to dissensions between his sons the realm was split into the three sub-realms. While the line of Isildur continued in Arthedain, in both Rhudaur and Cardolan the blood of Numenor soon failed, and descendants of lesser men ruled their lands. The southeastern border of Cardolan followed the rivers Gwathló and the Mitheithel to the Last Bridge. From there its boundary followed the Great East Road west to the Brandywine Bridge, and down the Baranduin (Brandywine) to the Sea and thence to the mouth of the Gwathló. However, Cardolan also claimed the land between Bree and the Weather Hills. Places of interest nowadays, that were once part of it are the Old Forest, the Barrow-downs, the South Downs, and the Greenway. Arthedain held Weatherop and possessed its Palantír as well as two others, which led to strife between the three kingdoms for their possession5091Not all tradition of Numenor was lost however in Cardolan, the star of the Elendilmir still was engraved in its architecture, and the fashion retained the taste of Westernesse. This guard is seen patrolling one of the last bastions of the kingdom. His attire retains some similarities with that of Gondor: wings are carved on his helm, its surcoat is embellished by swirling motifs, but differently from Gondor it is white and gold. The greatsword also is richly decorated in gold00523I had no intention of showing this outfit ever, or to post a race of men outfit on this blog, but while playing on this lowbie alt today I found the sword… and for me it completed the ensemble. So in the spur of the moment I’ll put it on the blog XD. I was always curious of the differences Cardolan, Rhudaur and Arthedain had after the breaking of Arnor, especially in the later culture. Rhudaur was ruled in the end by descendants of hillmen, and the only realm to spontaneously follow the Witch king while Arthedain resisted with Cardolan under king Argeleb I. I envisioned for it white and gold garments, while Arthedain for me would be blue and gold, and Rhudaur red1806 head: Lesser cry of the West helm, white dye, barter in Harndirion

shoulders: Ward of the West Shoulder Guards, gold dye, barter in Harndirion

chest: Ornate Surcoat of the Dunland Swordsman, white dye, Dunland quest reward

hands: Burnished Gauntlets of the Dunland Warlord, Dunland quest reward

feet: Rune-stitched Dunlending Shoes, Dunland quest reward

sword: Claymore of Arda, lvl 9, world drop or auction

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4 thoughts on “Stalwart of Cardolan

  1. Great job with those Gauntlets! I’ve been trying to find an outfit that actually fits those and this is the one! nice job!

  2. I thoroughly enjoy reading the tidbits of lore you effortlessly slip into your posts. Even though it’s not your standard elvish outfit, it’s great to be reacquainted, however briefly, with the history of the three divided kingdoms of Arnor through your ensemble. I will have to go read about them again, perhaps when I have my vacation from work. Great concept, stunning outfit 🙂

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