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'''Aranarth''' was the first of the [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain]], and would have been King of [[Arnor]] at the death of his father in [[Third Age|T.A.]] 1975. He was the son of [[Arvedui]], last King of the [[Arnor|North Kingdom]].
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'''Aranarth''' (died {{TA|2106|n}}<ref>{{App|North}}</ref>) was the first of the [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain]], and would have been the sixteenth [[King of Arthedain]] had [[Angmar]] not destroyed the realm.
  
When Aranarth was still a youth by the standards of his people, the [[Witch-king of Angmar]] destroyed the Northern Kingdom, overrunning [[Fornost]]. Most of the people, including Aranarth, fled to [[Lindon]], but the King [[Arvedui]] went north to the [[Ice-Bay of Forochel]].
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==History==
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Aranarth was the son of [[Fíriel]], the daughter of King [[Ondoher]] of [[Gondor]], and [[Arvedui]], son of King [[Araphant]] of Arthedain, and as such, he was descended from both [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion]].  
  
At Aranarth's urging, [[Círdan]] sent a ship to rescue [[Arvedui]], but this ship never returned. It was later learned that the ship had sunk with Arvedui on board.
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When he was only young, the [[Witch-king]] of [[Angmar]] destroyed the [[Arnor|North-kingdom]] and overran [[Fornost Erain|Fornost]].  Most of the remnants of the [[Dúnedain]] fled over the [[Lhûn|Lune]] into [[Lindon]].  However, Aranarth's father held out upon the [[North Downs]] until he escaped to the north.  After hiding in abandoned dwarf-mines in the [[Blue Mountains]] the King and his men sought the help of the [[Lossoth]], who gave them grudging aid.  
  
By right, this made Aranarth now King of [[Arnor]], but since his Kingdom had been destroyed he did not claim the title. Aranarth rode with the army of [[Gondor]] under [[Eärnur]] and saw the destruction of [[Angmar]].
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Aranarth reported to [[Círdan]] of the King's flight to the north. Círdan sent a ship to the [[Icebay of Forochel]] to seek and rescue him. However, the hull of the ship was broken on the ice and all of the passengers drowned (including Arvedui) and the two [[palantíri]] the King had secured from the fall of Fornost were lost.<ref name="Eriador">{{App|Eriador}}</ref>
  
Aranarth's people became known as the [[Rangers of the North]] (or [[Dúnedain]]), and he was the first of their Chieftains. In time, their origins were generally forgotten by the common people of [[Arnor]].
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As the heir of Arvedui, this made Aranarth the King of Arthedain (and nominally the claimed title of [[Kings of Arnor|King of Arnor]]), but he did not claim this title as the kingdom had been destroyed. He instead claimed the title of [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain|Chieftain of the Dúnedain]], and with the remnants of the Dúnedain rode with [[Eärnur]] of Gondor to destroy the kingdom of Angmar.<ref name="Gondor">{{App|Gondor}}</ref>
  
While the [[Rangers]] defended [[Arnor]] from the remnants of [[Angmar]]'s evil, the [[Wizard]] [[Gandalf]] went to [[Dol Guldur]], and drove out [[Sauron]] the Necromancer. Thus began the period known as the [[Watchful Peace]], a time where attacks by the enemy were few and far between.
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The people of Arthedain became known as the [[Rangers of the North]], a wandering people quite content with living in secret. Due to the destruction of Angmar, and the [[Watchful Peace]], which followed after [[Wizards|Wizard]] [[Gandalf]] drove [[Sauron]] out of [[Dol Guldur]], there was little evil in Arnor and attacks by the enemy were few and far between.
  
Aranarth's son [[Arahael]] was born in [[Rivendell]], and was given a name with the Kingly prefix of ''Ar(a)-'', to signify that by right he would be King of [[Arnor]].
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The Chieftains after Aranarth continued to take the kingly prefix of ''[[ara|ar(a)-]]'', to signify their royal heritage and their right to rule Arnor. When the line of [[Anárion]] failed, the Chieftains considered themselves the heirs of Anárion through their ancestor [[Fíriel]]; none of the Chieftains ever forgot Arvedui's claim to the throne.<ref name="Third">{{PM|Third}}</ref>
  
[[Arahael]] succeeded his father at his death in [[T.A.]] 2106.
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Aranarth's son [[Arahael]] was born and raised in [[Rivendell]], as were all the sons of chieftains after him; and [[Elrond]] was entrusted with the safekeeping of the heirlooms of the North-kingdom: the [[Ring of Barahir]], the shards of [[Narsil]], the [[Star of Elendil]], and the [[Sceptre of Annúminas]].<ref name="Eriador"/>
  
[[Category:Dúnedain of the North]]
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Aranarth died in 2106, after ruling for 131 years - longer than any other chieftain.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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Aranarth's name is [[Sindarin]] and means "Noble King", coming from ''[[aran]]'' meaning "king", and ''[[arth]]'' meaning "noble, loftly".<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}</ref>
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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Early drafts of [[Appendix A]] list Aranarth's date of birth as {{TA|1938}},<ref>{{PM|Elendil}}, p. 196</ref> but in [[Appendix A]], "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"<ref name="Gondor"/> and in the [[Appendix B|Tale of Years]], his parents' wedding year is given {{TA|1940}}.<ref name="TA"/>
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==Genealogy==
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''1982-97: ''[[Middle-earth Role Playing]]'':'''
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:Aranarth is a Dúnadan based in Fornost, famous for his tracking abilities and described as a man "who leaves no footprints".<ref>{{ICE|2005}}</ref>
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Revision as of 15:05, 19 December 2012

Kent Burles - Aranarth.jpg
Aranarth
Arnorian
Biographical Information
PositionChieftain of the Dúnedain
BirthT.A. 1938
RuleT.A. 1975 - 2106
DeathT.A. 2106
Family
ParentageArvedui, Fíriel
ChildrenArahael
Physical Description
GenderMale

Aranarth (died 2106[1]) was the first of the Chieftains of the Dúnedain, and would have been the sixteenth King of Arthedain had Angmar not destroyed the realm.

Contents

History

Aranarth was the son of Fíriel, the daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor, and Arvedui, son of King Araphant of Arthedain, and as such, he was descended from both Isildur and Anárion.

When he was only young, the Witch-king of Angmar destroyed the North-kingdom and overran Fornost. Most of the remnants of the Dúnedain fled over the Lune into Lindon. However, Aranarth's father held out upon the North Downs until he escaped to the north. After hiding in abandoned dwarf-mines in the Blue Mountains the King and his men sought the help of the Lossoth, who gave them grudging aid.

Aranarth reported to Círdan of the King's flight to the north. Círdan sent a ship to the Icebay of Forochel to seek and rescue him. However, the hull of the ship was broken on the ice and all of the passengers drowned (including Arvedui) and the two palantíri the King had secured from the fall of Fornost were lost.[2]

As the heir of Arvedui, this made Aranarth the King of Arthedain (and nominally the claimed title of King of Arnor), but he did not claim this title as the kingdom had been destroyed. He instead claimed the title of Chieftain of the Dúnedain, and with the remnants of the Dúnedain rode with Eärnur of Gondor to destroy the kingdom of Angmar.[3]

The people of Arthedain became known as the Rangers of the North, a wandering people quite content with living in secret. Due to the destruction of Angmar, and the Watchful Peace, which followed after Wizard Gandalf drove Sauron out of Dol Guldur, there was little evil in Arnor and attacks by the enemy were few and far between.

The Chieftains after Aranarth continued to take the kingly prefix of ar(a)-, to signify their royal heritage and their right to rule Arnor. When the line of Anárion failed, the Chieftains considered themselves the heirs of Anárion through their ancestor Fíriel; none of the Chieftains ever forgot Arvedui's claim to the throne.[4]

Aranarth's son Arahael was born and raised in Rivendell, as were all the sons of chieftains after him; and Elrond was entrusted with the safekeeping of the heirlooms of the North-kingdom: the Ring of Barahir, the shards of Narsil, the Star of Elendil, and the Sceptre of Annúminas.[2]

Aranarth died in 2106, after ruling for 131 years - longer than any other chieftain.[5]

Etymology

Aranarth's name is Sindarin and means "Noble King", coming from aran meaning "king", and arth meaning "noble, loftly".[6]

Other versions of the legendarium

Early drafts of Appendix A list Aranarth's date of birth as T.A. 1938,[7] but in Appendix A, "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"[3] and in the Tale of Years, his parents' wedding year is given T.A. 1940.[5]

Genealogy

 
 
 
Elendil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isildur
 
 
 
Anárion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kings of Arnor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kings of Gondor
 
Kings of Arthedain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arvedui
 
 
 
Fíriel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ARANARTH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arahael
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chieftains of the Dúnedain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arathorn II
 
 
 
Gilraen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aragorn II
 
 


Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Aranarth is a Dúnadan based in Fornost, famous for his tracking abilities and described as a man "who leaves no footprints".[8]

References

  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"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 196
  8. Wesley J. Frank, et al. (1994), Arnor: The Realm (#2005)
Aranarth
House of Aranarth
Continuation of the senior branch of the House of Isildur
Born: T.A. 1938 Died: T.A. 2106
Preceded by:
Arvedui
Heir of Isildur
T.A. 19752106
Followed by:
Arahael
None
New title
Head of the House of Aranarth
T.A. 19752106
None
New title
Chieftain of the Dúnedain
T.A. 19752106