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There are two suggested etymologies for Araval's name:
 
There are two suggested etymologies for Araval's name:
 
#[[Sindarin]] for "Lord of Power" from ''[[Ara|ara-]]'' meaning "royal, king", and ''[[bal]]'' meaning "power".
 
#[[Sindarin]] for "Lord of Power" from ''[[Ara|ara-]]'' meaning "royal, king", and ''[[bal]]'' meaning "power".
#Sindarin for "Golden King" or "King of Gold" from ''[[Ara|ara-]]'' meaning "royal, king", and ''mal'' (becoming lenited to ''val'') meaning "gold".
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#Sindarin for "Golden King" or "King of Gold" from ''[[Ara|ara-]]'' meaning "royal, king", and ''mal'' meaning "gold".
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In both cases, ''b'' and ''m'' are lenited to ''v''.
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Considering his [[#Other versions of the legendarium|earlier name]] ''Arvallen'' (''[[mallen]]'' = "golden"), the second interpretation is more likely.
  
 
== Other versions of the legendarium ==
 
== Other versions of the legendarium ==

Revision as of 11:46, 30 December 2010

Araval
Arnorian
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Arthedain
BirthT.A. 1711
RuleT.A. 1813 - T.A. 1891
DeathT.A. 1891, aged 180 years
Family
ParentageArveleg I
ChildrenAraphant
Physical Description
GenderMale

Araval (T.A. 1711 - 1891, died aged 180) was thirteenth king of Arthedain, coming to the throne in 1813 after the death of his father, Arveleg II.[1][2]

Contents

History

When Araval came to the throne Arthedain had been at war with Angmar for 400 years, and the Dúnedain had done very little to prevent the power of this old enemy spreading.

Araval, in coalition with the Elves of Lindon and Rivendell, went to battle with the forces of Angmar in T.A. 1851 and returned victorious. After this victory, Araval attempted to re-occupy Cardolan, but the "evil wights" (likely referring to the Barrow-wights) terrified anyone who attempted to dwell there.[1]

Unfortunately, Araval's victory was of no avail in the long term: under Araphant, Araval's son, Angmar recovers and continues its attacks on Arnor; and under Arvedui, Araval's grandson, Angmar finally defeats Arthedain, laying Arnor to waste and scattering the remnants of the Dúnedain.

Araval ruled Arthedain for seventy-eight years, and was succeeded by his son Araphant upon his death in 1891.[1][2]

Etymology

There are two suggested etymologies for Araval's name:

  1. Sindarin for "Lord of Power" from ara- meaning "royal, king", and bal meaning "power".
  2. Sindarin for "Golden King" or "King of Gold" from ara- meaning "royal, king", and mal meaning "gold".

In both cases, b and m are lenited to v.

Considering his earlier name Arvallen (mallen = "golden"), the second interpretation is more likely.

Other versions of the legendarium

In another manuscript, Araval is said to have driven the evil wights north. An early name for Araval was Arvallen.[1]

Genealogy

 
Isildur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arveleg II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ARAVAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Araphant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arvedui
 


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", pp. 195, 209-210
  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"
Preceded by:
Arveleg II
13th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1813 - T.A. 1891
Followed by:
Araphant