|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 meaning "gold".
In both cases, b and m are lenited to v.
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