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, but 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 Dúnedain.
Araval ruled Arthedain for seventy-eight years, and was succeeded by his son Araphant upon his death in 1891.
There are two suggested etymologies for Araval's name:
- Sindarin for "Lord of Power" from ara- meaning "royal, king", and bal meaning "power".
- Sindarin for "Golden King" or "King of Gold" from ara- meaning "royal, king", and mal (becoming lenited to val) meaning "gold".
Isildur : : : Arveleg II | | ARAVAL | | Araphant | | Arvedui
|13th King of Arthedain