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Arathorn I

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This article is about the earlier Chieftain. For the father of Aragorn, see Arathorn II.
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Arathorn I was the twelth Chieftain of the Dúnedain.

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History

Arathorn succeeded his father, Arassuil, on his death in 2784. Arathorn died in 2848; he was succeeded by his son, Argonui.[1]

Etymology

Two etymologies for "Arathorn" exist. The first, written shortly after the publication of The Lord of the Rings, gave "Steadfast King" (from aran "king" and thorn "steadfast").[2] A later etymology gave the meaning of the name as "Eagle King" (from aran "king" and thoron "eagle").[3]

Genealogy

Isildur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arassuil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ARATHORN I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argonui
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arador
 
 


Preceded by:
Arassuil
12th Chieftain of the Dúnedain
Third Age 2784 - 2848
Followed by:
Argonui


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. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases & Passages in 'The Lord of the Rings'", Parma Eldalamberon 17, page 113
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347, (dated 17 December 1972)