|Position||King of Arthedain|
|Birth||T.A. 1711 |
|Rule||T.A. 1813 - T.A. 1891|
|Death||T.A. 1891, aged 180 years |
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.
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.
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".
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.
- ↑ 1.0 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
- ↑ 2.0 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"
|13th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1813 - T.A. 1891