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Arahad I

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This article is about seventh Chieftain of the Dúnedain. For the tenth Chieftain, see Arahad II.
Arahad I
Biographical Information
TitlesChieftain of the Dúnedain
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthT.A. 2365
RuleT.A. 2455 - 2523
DeathT.A. 2523 (aged 158)
HouseHouse of Isildur
Physical Description

Arahad I (T.A. 2365[1] - 2523,[2] died aged 158) was the seventh Chieftain of the Dúnedain, following his father, Araglas, when he died in 2455.


During his rule, in T.A. 2460, Sauron returned to Dol Guldur with increased strength, and thus the Watchful Peace was ended. In response to this, in 2463 the White Council was formed in Rivendell, consisting of wizards (with Saruman as its head) and elf-lords.[3]

Also during his rule, orcs began to increase and multiply in the Misty Mountains, and on one trip from Lothlorien and Rivendell, in 2509, the orcs revealed themselves, and Celebrían's escort was waylaid. She was taken and tortured. Her sons Elladan and Elrohir rescued her, but she no longer wished to stay in Middle-earth, so she left for Valinor in 2510.[4]

Arahad died in 2523, after having ruled for sixty-eight years, and was followed by his son, Aragost.[2]


Arahad's name is Sindarin, but it's etymology is uncertain. It contains the usual royal prefix ara- meaning "king", but the had is a little harder to work out. It could be had meaning "hurl, throw", it could be sad (lenited to had) meaning "place, spot", or it could be related to sador meaning "faithful person".


Aragorn I
2227 - 2327
2296 - 2455
2365 - 2523
2431 - 2588
2497 - 2654


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 196
  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 B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
Arahad I
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 2365 Died: T.A. 2523
Preceded by:
30th Heir of Isildur
T.A. 2455 - 2523
Followed by:
7th Chieftain of the Dúnedain
T.A. 2455 - 2523