Tolkien Gateway

Amlaith

Revision as of 17:44, 23 December 2013 by Mith (Talk | contribs)
Amlaith
Arnorian
Biographical Information
LocationArthedain
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthT.A. 726
RuleT.A. 861 - 946
DeathT.A. 946 (aged 220)
Family
HouseHouse of Isildur
ParentageEärendur
Siblingstwo unnamed brothers
ChildrenBeleg
Physical Description
GenderMale

Amlaith of Fornost (T.A. 726[1] - T.A. 946,[2] died aged 220) was the eldest son of Eärendur, the tenth King of Arnor.

History

He was destined to become King of Arnor after his father's death in T.A. 861, but there were constant quarrels between Eärendur's sons. A civil war erupted when Eärendur finally died. Amlaith, however, failed to overcome his two younger brothers, so the Kingdom of Arnor was split into three and Amlaith became the first King of Arthedain. (His brothers founded the kingdoms of Cardolan and Rhudaur).[3]

His reign in Arthedain was largely a peaceful one, although border disputes with the realms of Cardolan and Rhudaur - especially over Amon Sûl and the Weather Hills - never fully ceased. Under his rule the capital was formally removed from Annúminas to Fornost, due to the dwindling of the people.[1]

Unlike his forefathers, he did not take a name in Quenya the "High Tongue", but instead took a name in Sindarin, as did all of his descendants.[4]

Amlaith ruled for eighty-five years, and as succeeded at his death in 946 by his son, Beleg.[2]

Etymology

The name Amlaith is difficult to translate. The first element is am, "up, upwards", but the second element is obscure.

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Isildur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AMLAITH
 
Kings of Cardolan
 
Kings of Rhudaur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beleg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mallor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 193
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur", note 3

Titles

Amlaith
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 726 Died: T.A. 946
None
Eärendur, as King of Arnor
1st King of Arthedain
T.A. 861 - 946
Followed by:
Beleg