In Valedhelgwath's Historical Quiz IV, he asked, "41) Which Man was said to have had the longest lifespan?" Along with my answers I sent him the following:
: I have always assumed Elros was the most long lived, but finally found the text in UT Part Two, Section III, Paragraph I.
On a similar note, how old was the Witch-king of Angmar when he was no longer considered a man or was he never of Mankind? Did his ring also extend his mortal life? He invaded Arnor in 1409 TA and was defeated at Farnost in 1975 TA, which makes him older than 566 years. And then of course he wasn't de-crowned until 3018 TA, but of course by then he was a wraith. Has anyone ever considered this or am I ploughing virgin ground here? Should I post this question in the Forum, before or after your quiz deadline, or am I showing my ignorance again?
To which Valedhelgwath replied:
: That's a very good point, Grondy. I went with what I read in that section you mentioned in UT, but you have a valid point with the witchking. The Nazgul were said to have first appeared in SA2251 (and by Nazgul, I am assuming wraith rather than a man with a ring). As Sauron took the 9 rings in SA1697 it is possible the witchking was quite old before he became a wraith (potentially 500 years plus whatever he was when he was given the ring.)
What is likely, however, is that the Mouth of Sauron has lived longer as a man (as opposed to wraith) than either the witchking or Elros. If anyone gives me this latter as an answer I won't mark them wrong for it. As for the forum, I don't really mind if you raise this question now. It's only one question and could raise an interesting debate
To which I replied:
: Okay. So the Witch-king could have been 554 plus years old and I just chose the wrong M-e age, but had the right idea. And you are probably right about the Mouth of Sauron being older, but if even he can't remember who he is, how will we ever know?
Today I finally got around to posting the above. Does anyone else have any ideas or comments they would like to add to this discussion?
I was debating that point with someone while we were working on the quiz. We were not sure if the Mouth of Sauron or the Witch King could be considered human or not. We also debated about Elros, because he was still half-elven. Therefore, we went through several men, of ME and we finally decided that Elros was the oldest.