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'''Adrahil I''' was the first [[Prince of Dor-en-Ernil]].  When King [[Ondoher]] led his army to face the [[Wainriders]] who threatened [[Gondor]], he commanded the army's centre with his son and heir [[Artamir]]. The soldiers of the right wing were under the command of the King's nephew [[Minohtar]], while the left wing were under the captaincy of the Adrahil of [[Dol Amroth]].  
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}}'''Adrahil I''' was a [[Gondorians|Gondorian]] [[Prince]]<ref name="Cirion">{{UT|Cirion}}</ref> who lived around {{TA|1944}} in the land of [[Dor-en-Ernil]].
  
[[Ondoher]]'s enterprise came to a devastating end: he was surprised by the [[Wainriders]], and his forces were overwhelmed. Adrahil's soldiers, however, were shielded from the attack and survived it. [[Ondoher]] and [[Artamir]] had both been killed, and [[Minohtar]] took charge, sending Adrahil south into Ithilien to form a defensive line from [[Cair Andros]] to the [[Ephel Dúath]].  
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==History==
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He descended from the [[Númenóreans|Númenórean]] noble house that settled in [[Belfalas]] in the [[Second Age]].<ref name="CirionNote"/> Because of this, it is assumed he was an ancestor of [[Imrazôr]], [[Galador]] and the [[Princes of Dol Amroth]].
  
Adrahil's story was never completed, so his fate is uncertain. We know that the [[Wainriders]] eventually broke through [[Minohtar]]'s more northerly defence, but whether they penetrated to Adrahil's position is unknown. If he survived the initial [[Wainriders|Wainrider]] assault, it seems likely that Adrahil would have joined with [[Eärnil]] in his counter-attack, seeing the ultimate defeat of the Wainriders at the [[Battle of the Camp]].  
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When King [[Ondoher]] led his army to face the [[Wainriders]] who threatened [[Gondor]], Adrahil commanded the army's left wing. The soldiers of the right wing were under the command of the King's nephew [[Minohtar]], while the centre was commanded by the king himself and his heir [[Artamir]].  
  
Adrahil's place in history is difficult to define: he seems to have been an ancestor of Prince [[Imrahil]] of [[Dol Amroth]] (especially since he shares his name with [[Imrahil]]'s father). If he belonged to this line, though, it seems strange that he lived more than a century before [[Galador]], who is specifically named as the first Prince of [[Dol Amroth]]. The dating is consistent with Adrahil being the father of [[Imrazôr]], and hence [[Galador]]'s grandfather, but the evidence on this point is slim.
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Ondoher's enterprise came to a devastating end: he was surprised by the [[Wainriders]], and his forces were overwhelmed. Adrahil's soldiers, however, were shielded from the attack and survived it. Ondoher and Artamir had both been killed, and Minohtar took charge, sending Adrahil along with both his own command of the Left Wing and those at the rear of the Right Wing who had not yet been engaged.
  
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Adrahil withdrew south into [[Ithilien]] to form a defensive line from [[Cair Andros]] to the [[Ephel Dúath]]. With these forces he was to cover the approaches of [[Minas Tirith]] and allow Minohtar to form a rearguard and attempt to stem the advance of the Wainriders. Adrahil should at once message [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]], and inform him of the disaster of the Morannon and of the position of the retreating Northern Army.
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Adrahil's fate is uncertain; the [[Wainriders]] eventually broke through [[Minohtar]]'s more northerly defence, but whether they penetrated to Adrahil's position is unknown. If he survived the initial assault, it seems likely that Adrahil would have joined with [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]] in his counter-attack, seeing the ultimate defeat of the Wainriders at the [[Battle of the Camp]].<ref name="Cirion"/>
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== Other versions of the legendarium ==
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In the chapter "[[Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan|Cirion and Eorl]]" of ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'' Adrahil is referred to as ''"Adrahil of Dol Amroth"''. However, since [[Dol Amroth]] would not be named as such until after the drowning of [[Amroth]] in {{TA|1981}} this must be an anachronistic error on the part of the chronicler.<ref name="CirionNote">{{UT|Cirion}}, Note 39.</ref>
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This article is about the Prince of Dor-en-Ernil. For the father of Imrahil, see Adrahil II.
Adrahil I
Gondorian
Biographical Information
TitlesPrince of Dor-en-Ernil
LocationDor-en-Ernil, Gondor
LanguageWestron
BirthBefore T.A. 1944
Physical Description
GenderMale
Adrahil I was a Gondorian Prince[1] who lived around T.A. 1944 in the land of Dor-en-Ernil.

History

He descended from the Númenórean noble house that settled in Belfalas in the Second Age.[2] Because of this, it is assumed he was an ancestor of Imrazôr, Galador and the Princes of Dol Amroth.

When King Ondoher led his army to face the Wainriders who threatened Gondor, Adrahil commanded the army's left wing. The soldiers of the right wing were under the command of the King's nephew Minohtar, while the centre was commanded by the king himself and his heir Artamir.

Ondoher's enterprise came to a devastating end: he was surprised by the Wainriders, and his forces were overwhelmed. Adrahil's soldiers, however, were shielded from the attack and survived it. Ondoher and Artamir had both been killed, and Minohtar took charge, sending Adrahil along with both his own command of the Left Wing and those at the rear of the Right Wing who had not yet been engaged.

Adrahil withdrew south into Ithilien to form a defensive line from Cair Andros to the Ephel Dúath. With these forces he was to cover the approaches of Minas Tirith and allow Minohtar to form a rearguard and attempt to stem the advance of the Wainriders. Adrahil should at once message Eärnil, and inform him of the disaster of the Morannon and of the position of the retreating Northern Army.

Adrahil's fate is uncertain; the Wainriders eventually broke through Minohtar's more northerly defence, but whether they penetrated to Adrahil's position is unknown. If he survived the initial assault, it seems likely that Adrahil would have joined with Eärnil in his counter-attack, seeing the ultimate defeat of the Wainriders at the Battle of the Camp.[1]

Other versions of the legendarium

In the chapter "Cirion and Eorl" of Unfinished Tales Adrahil is referred to as "Adrahil of Dol Amroth". However, since Dol Amroth would not be named as such until after the drowning of Amroth in T.A. 1981 this must be an anachronistic error on the part of the chronicler.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", Note 39.