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At the time '''Araphant''' ([[Sindarin]]) inherited his kingdom from his father [[Araval]], [[Arthedain]] was already in desperate straits. The [[Witch-king of Angmar]] had been beleaguering the northern lands for nearly five hundred years, and [[Arthedain]]'s resistance was beginning to fail.
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| death={{TA|1964}}, aged 175 years
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'''Araphant''' ({{TA|1789}}<ref name="Elendil">{{PM|Elendil}}, p. 195</ref> - {{TA|1964|n}},<ref name="North">{{App|North}}</ref> died aged 175) was the fourteenth king of [[Arthedain]], and came to the throne upon the death of his father, [[Araval]], in 1891.
  
The one hope that Araphant had left was to renew the ancient bond with the South-kingdom of [[Gondor]], which was at that time suffering losses itself at the hands of the [[Wainriders]]. He forged an alliance with King [[Ondoher]] of [[Gondor]], and sealed it with the wedding of his son [[Arvedui]] to [[Ondoher]]'s daughter [[Fíriel]]. Araphant's foresight failed to bring help to his kingdom, though, since [[Gondor]] itself was under sustained attack and could send no troops to his aid.
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==History==
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Despite his father's successes, [[Angmar]] rebuilt its strength and continued its attacks on Arthedain which Araphant struggled to hold off with dwindling strength.<ref name="Elendil"/>  Arthedain had been at war with Angmar for 500 years, and this was taking its toll on the [[Dúnedain]] as their resistance was starting to fail.
  
Four years after the alliance was made, [[Ondoher]] fell in battle with the [[Wainriders]], and the South-kingdom was left Kingless. Araphant's heir [[Arvedui]] made a claim to the Kingship of [[Gondor]], which would have reunited the two Kingdoms, but Steward [[Pelendur]] moved the [[Gondorians]] to reject it.
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It was during Araphant's reign that the long silence and estrangement between the southern kingdom of [[Gondor]] and the northern kingdom ended when Araphant took counsel with the [[King of Gondor]]'s son, [[Ondoher]]. They realised that a single force was co-ordinating the attacks on both of their kingdoms and that they should work together to combat this evil.  In {{TA|1940|n}}, Araphant's son, [[Arvedui]], married the daughter of [[Ondoher]], [[Fíriel]], in token of the new alliance between Gondor and Arthedain.<ref name="Gondor">{{App|Gondor}}</ref>
  
Araphant ruled [[Arthedain]] for seventy-three years. He was succeeded by his son [[Arvedui]], who would be the last of the northern Kings.  
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However, the alliance proved fruitless because neither kingdom could spare help for the other. Arthedain was soon attacked by the forces of the [[Witch-king]], whilst Gondor was under attack by the [[Wainriders]].
  
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When Ondoher died four years later, [[Gondor]] was left kingless, so [[Arvedui]] claimed the kingship of Gondor on behalf of his wife, but the Steward [[Pelendur]] persuaded the [[Council of Gondor]] to select [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]], a distant relative of Ondoher, instead. However, the heirs of Arvedui did not forget this and claimed to be the heirs of both [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion]].<ref name="Gondor"/>
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Araphant ruled Arthedain for seventy-three years and was succeeded by his son, Arvedui,<ref name="North"/> who was the last king until [[Aragorn|Aragorn Elessar]].
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== Etymology ==
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Araphant's name is [[Sindarin]] for "Full King, King of All" possibly "Supreme King" from ''[[ar|ara-]]'' meaning "royal, king" and ''pant'' meaning "full" (his name could be seen as coming from ''[[aran]]'' and ''pant'', and the ''n+p'' mutating into ''ph''). His name could be a reference to Araphant asserting himself as the [[Kings of Arnor|king]] of all [[Arnor]].
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== Genealogy ==
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Revision as of 15:05, 19 December 2012

Araphant
Arnorian
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Arthedain
BirthT.A. 1789
RuleT.A. 1891 - 1964
DeathT.A. 1964, aged 175 years
Family
ParentageAraval
ChildrenArvedui
Physical Description
GenderMale

Araphant (T.A. 1789[1] - 1964,[2] died aged 175) was the fourteenth king of Arthedain, and came to the throne upon the death of his father, Araval, in 1891.

History

Despite his father's successes, Angmar rebuilt its strength and continued its attacks on Arthedain which Araphant struggled to hold off with dwindling strength.[1] Arthedain had been at war with Angmar for 500 years, and this was taking its toll on the Dúnedain as their resistance was starting to fail.

It was during Araphant's reign that the long silence and estrangement between the southern kingdom of Gondor and the northern kingdom ended when Araphant took counsel with the King of Gondor's son, Ondoher. They realised that a single force was co-ordinating the attacks on both of their kingdoms and that they should work together to combat this evil. In 1940, Araphant's son, Arvedui, married the daughter of Ondoher, Fíriel, in token of the new alliance between Gondor and Arthedain.[3]

However, the alliance proved fruitless because neither kingdom could spare help for the other. Arthedain was soon attacked by the forces of the Witch-king, whilst Gondor was under attack by the Wainriders.

When Ondoher died four years later, Gondor was left kingless, so Arvedui claimed the kingship of Gondor on behalf of his wife, but the Steward Pelendur persuaded the Council of Gondor to select Eärnil, a distant relative of Ondoher, instead. However, the heirs of Arvedui did not forget this and claimed to be the heirs of both Isildur and Anárion.[3]

Araphant ruled Arthedain for seventy-three years and was succeeded by his son, Arvedui,[2] who was the last king until Aragorn Elessar.

Etymology

Araphant's name is Sindarin for "Full King, King of All" possibly "Supreme King" from ara- meaning "royal, king" and pant meaning "full" (his name could be seen as coming from aran and pant, and the n+p mutating into ph). His name could be a reference to Araphant asserting himself as the king of all Arnor.

Genealogy

 
Isildur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Araval
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ARAPHANT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arvedui
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aranarth
 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 195
  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. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
Preceded by:
Araval
14th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1891 - 1964
Followed by:
Arvedui