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'''Aranarth''' ([[Sindarin|S]]. 'King of the Realm'; [[aran]] = king, [[arth]] = compare, [[arda]] = realm) 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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__NOTOC__'''Aranarth''' ([[Third Age|T.A.]] 1938<sup>[[Aranarth#Notes|1]]</sup> - 2106, died aged 168) was the first of the [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain]], and would have been the sixteenth king of [[Arthedain]], when his father, the last king of [[Arnor]], [[Arvedui]], died in 1975, 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 [[Icebay of Forochel]].
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Aranarth was the son of [[Fíriel]] (the daughter of King [[Ondoher]] of [[Gondor]]), and of Arvedui, son of King [[Araphant]] of Arthedain. When he was only young, the [[Witch-king]] of Angmar destroyed the Northern Kingdom, overruning [[Fornost]], and forcing the remants of the [[Dúnedain]] over the [[Lune]] into [[Lindon]].  
  
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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Aranarth went to [[Cirdan]] for aid as he knew his father had been forced north to the [[Icebay of Forochel]], so Círdan sent a ship to rescue him. However, the hull of the ship was broken on the ice and all the passengers were killed (including Arvedui) and two [[palantíri]] lost.
  
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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As the heir of Arvedui, this made Aranarth the King of Arthedain (and nominallythe 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.
  
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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Aranarth's people became known as the [[Rangers of the North]] (or [[Dúnedain]]), a secret and wandering people little remembered and whose deeds were seldom recorded. 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.
  
While the [[Rangers]] defended [[Arnor]] from the remnants of [[Angmar]]'s evil, the [[Wizards|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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Aranarth's son [[Arahael]] was born and raised in [[Rivendell]], as were all the sons of chieftains after him; and [[Elrond]] kept in his keeping the heirlooms of their house: the [[Ring of Barahir]], the shards of [[Narsil]], the [[Star of Elendil]], and the [[Sceptre of Annúminas]].
  
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.
 
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[[Arahael]] succeeded his father at his death in [[Third Age|T.A.]] 2106.
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Aranarth died in 2106, after ruling for 131 years (longer than any other chieftain). He was succeeded by his son [[Arahael]].
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==Genealogy==
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<code>
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          [[Isildur]]
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              :
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              :
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        ''[[Kings of Arnor]]''
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              :
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      ''[[Kings of Arthedain]]''
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              :
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              :
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          [[Arvedui]]  ''(Last [[King of Arnor]])''
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              |
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              |
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          '''ARANARTH'''
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        ______|_____
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      |            :
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    [[Arahael]]        :
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      :            :
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      :            :
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''[[Chieftains of the Dúnedain|Chieftains of]]''      :
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''[[Chieftains of the Dúnedain|the Dúnedain]]''      :
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      :            :
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      :            :
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  [[Arathorn II]] = [[Gilraen]]
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              |
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              |
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      [[Aragorn II|Aragorn Elessar]]
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</code>
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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.
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==Titles==
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{{Sequence
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|prev=''None'', [[Arvedui]] as King
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|next=[[Arahael]]
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|list=1st [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain]]<br><code>III</code> 1975 - 2106
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==Notes==
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#The year of Aranarth's birth is uncertain. Although in ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]'' he is listed as having been born in 1938, this is unlikely as his parents did not marry until 1940.
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[[Category:Chieftains of the Dúnedain]]
 
[[Category:Dúnedain of the North]]
 
[[Category:Dúnedain of the North]]

Revision as of 15:26, 14 January 2007

Template:Royalty infobox Aranarth (T.A. 19381 - 2106, died aged 168) was the first of the Chieftains of the Dúnedain, and would have been the sixteenth king of Arthedain, when his father, the last king of Arnor, Arvedui, died in 1975, had Angmar not destroyed the realm.

Aranarth was the son of Fíriel (the daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor), and of Arvedui, son of King Araphant of Arthedain. When he was only young, the Witch-king of Angmar destroyed the Northern Kingdom, overruning Fornost, and forcing the remants of the Dúnedain over the Lune into Lindon.

Aranarth went to Cirdan for aid as he knew his father had been forced north to the Icebay of Forochel, so Círdan sent a ship to rescue him. However, the hull of the ship was broken on the ice and all the passengers were killed (including Arvedui) and two palantíri lost.

As the heir of Arvedui, this made Aranarth the King of Arthedain (and nominallythe 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.

Aranarth's people became known as the Rangers of the North (or Dúnedain), a secret and wandering people little remembered and whose deeds were seldom recorded. 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.

Aranarth's son Arahael was born and raised in Rivendell, as were all the sons of chieftains after him; and Elrond kept in his keeping the heirlooms of their house: the Ring of Barahir, the shards of Narsil, the Star of Elendil, and the Sceptre of Annúminas.

The Chieftains after Aranarth continued to take the kingly prefix of ar(a)-, to signify their royal heritage and their right to rule Arnor.

Aranarth died in 2106, after ruling for 131 years (longer than any other chieftain). He was succeeded by his son Arahael.

Genealogy

          Isildur
             :
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       Kings of Arnor
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     Kings of Arthedain
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             :
          Arvedui   (Last King of Arnor)
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         ARANARTH
       ______|_____
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   Arahael         :
      :            :
      :            :
Chieftains of      :
the Dúnedain       :
      :            :
      :            :
  Arathorn II = Gilraen
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      Aragorn Elessar

Etymology

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

Titles

Preceded by:
None, Arvedui as King
1st Chieftain of the Dúnedain
III 1975 - 2106
Followed by:
Arahael

Notes

  1. The year of Aranarth's birth is uncertain. Although in The Peoples of Middle-earth he is listed as having been born in 1938, this is unlikely as his parents did not marry until 1940.