Middle-earth History: Earnur the Lost King
The thirty-third king of Gondor, Earnur was a great warrior and marshaled the united armies of Gondor, Lindon and the remaining Dunedain of Arnor against the forces of Angmar in TA 1975. There, at the battle of Fornost, the Witch-king rode forth and challenged Earnur, who was quick to anger and would suffer no insult to his pride. However, Earnur’s horse panicked and the king fell, earning him the mockery of the Lord of Angmar. Furious, Earnur was held back from pursuing the Witch-king by Glorfindel, who prophesied that he would not fall “by the hand of man”.
When Earnur took up his father’s crown in TA 2043, he was once more dared to fight by the Witch-king, but was kept from accepting the challenge by the counsel of his Steward, Mardil Voronwe. Yet, seven years later the same challenge was issued, this time with added insult, and Earnur accepted in his anger and pride. He entered the cursed gates of Minas Morgul with a small escort and did not return nor was seen again. Leaving no heirs behind, the Line of Elendil was assumed broken and the Stewards took control of Gondor, ruling “until the King returns”.