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'''Araval''' ('Lord of Power'; [[ara]] = lord, [[vala]] = power) was the son of [[Arveleg II]] was born into a time of war and strife. At the time of his birth, his father's realm of [[Arthedain]] had been under threat from the eastern land of [[Angmar]] for more than four hundred years.
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|rule= III 1813
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|death= III 1891
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|}}'''Araval''' ([[Third Age|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]].
  
Araval, too, played his part in the war with [[Angmar]]. [[The Lord of the Rings]] tells us nothing of his career, but [[The History of Middle-earth]] hints (in volume 12) that he was a diplomat and a warrior. In alliance with the [[Elves]] of [[Lindon]] and [[Imladris]], he won at least one important victory over the [[Witch-king of Angmar]]. We are also told that he attempted the recolonisation of [[Cardolan]], though this was prevented by the evil beings, the wights, sent there by the Witch-king some two centuries before.  
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When Araval came to the throne, Arthedain had been at war with [[Angmar]] for 500 years, and the [[Dúnedain]] had done very little to prevent the power of this old enemy spreading.  
  
In the end, though, Araval's bravery counted for little. His grandson [[Arvedui]], who was born in Araval's lifetime and just thirteen years after his great victory, was to see the final destruction of the kingdom of [[Arthedain]].  
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Araval, in coalition with the [[elves]] of [[Lindon]] and [[Rivendell]], went to battle with the forces of Angmar in 1851 and returned victorious. After this victory, Araval attempted to re-occupy [[Cardolan]], by the evil [[Barrow-wights|wights]] terrified anyone who attempted to dwell there.
  
Araval ruled [[Arthedain]] for seventy-eight years, and was succeeded by his son [[Araphant]].  
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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 Dunedain.
  
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Araval ruled Arthedain for seventy-eight years, and was succeeded by his son [[Araphant]] upon his death in 1891.
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== Genealogy ==
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  [[Isildur]]
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  [[Arveleg II]]
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    '''ARAVAL'''
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  [[Araphant]]
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== Etymology ==
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There are two suggested etymologies for Araval's name:
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#[[Sindarin]] for "Lord of Power" from ''[[Ara|ara-]]'' meaning "royal, king", and ''[[vala]]'' meaning "power".
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#Sindarin for "Golden King" or "King of Gold" from ''[[Ara|ara-]]'' meaning "royal, king", and ''mal'' (becoming lenited to ''val'') meaning "gold".{{Sequence
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|prev=[[Arveleg II]]
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|next=[[Araphant]]
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|list=13th [[Kings of Arnor|King of Arthedain]]<br><code>III</code> 1813 - 1891
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[[Category:Dúnedain]]
 
[[Category:Dúnedain of the North]]
 
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[[Category:Rulers of Arthedain]]

Revision as of 14:10, 7 January 2007

Template:Royalty infoboxAraval (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.

When Araval came to the throne, Arthedain had been at war with Angmar for 500 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 1851 and returned victorious. After this victory, Araval attempted to re-occupy Cardolan, by the evil wights terrified anyone who attempted to dwell there.

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 Dunedain.

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

Genealogy

  Isildur
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 Arveleg II
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   ARAVAL
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  Araphant

Etymology

There are two suggested etymologies for Araval's name:

  1. Sindarin for "Lord of Power" from ara- meaning "royal, king", and vala meaning "power".
  2. Sindarin for "Golden King" or "King of Gold" from ara- meaning "royal, king", and mal (becoming lenited to val) meaning "gold".
Preceded by:
Arveleg II
13th King of Arthedain
III 1813 - 1891
Followed by:
Araphant