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'''Arvedui''' (Third Age 1864 – 1974, aged 110 years) was the son of King [[Araphant]] of [[Arthedain]].
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__NOTOC__'''Arvedui''' ([[Third Age|T.A.]] 1864 – 1974, died aged 111) was the fifteenth, and last, king of [[Arthedain]], succeeding his father, [[Araphant]], upon his death in 1964.
  
He came to the throne in 1964 at the death of his father.
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==History==
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===Birth and Early Life===
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Arvedui's name means "Last King" in [[Sindarin]] (see [[#Etymology|Etymology]] below), and he was named so due to a prophecy by [[Malbeth the Seer]] at Arvedui's birth spoken to his father, Araphant:{{quote|Arvedui you shall call him, for he will be the last in Arthedain. Though a choice will come to the Dúnedain, and if they take the one that seems less hopeful, then your son will change his name and become king of a great realm. If not, then much sorrow and many lives of men shall pass, until the Dúnedain arise and are united again.|[[Appendix A]], ''[[Gondor]] and the Heirs of [[Anárion]]}}
  
His name meant ''Last king'' in [[Sindarin]], and he was named so because of a prophesy by '''[[Malbeth the Seer]]''':'
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Arvedui married [[Fíriel]], the daughter of the king of Gondor, [[Ondoher]], in 1940, securing the link between Gondor and Arthedain after years of estrangement. Four years later, Ondoher was killed in a battle with the [[Wainriders]], and died without a male heir. Arvedui sent messages to Gondor claiming the kingship of Gondor as a descendent of [[Isildur]] and as the husband of [[Fíriel]], who, under old [[Númenórean]] law, should've become the first ruling queen. In 1945 the [[Council of Gondor]], persuaded by the Steward [[Pelendur]], voted against Arvedui's claim in favour of [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]] - the distant relative of the king and the victorious general in the war on the Wainriders.
  
:''"Arvedui you shall call him, for he will be the last in Arthedain. Though a choice will come to the [[Dúnedain]], and if they take the one that seems less hopeful, then your son will change his name and become king of a great realm. If not, then much sorrow and many lives of men shall pass, until the Dúnedain arise and are united again."'' – Appendix A: "[[Gondor]] and the Heirs of [[Anárion]]"
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===Life as King===
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When Arvedui became king in 1964, the kingdom was already in a bad state, with the kingdom struggling to hold back the forces of [[Angmar]]. In 1974 the [[Witch-king]] came down from the north capturing [[Fornost]] and pushing most of the [[Dúnedain]] over the [[Lune]]. Arvedui and his men held out on the [[North Downs]] but fled north and hid in old [[Dwarf|dwarven]] mines in the [[Blue Mountains]] before being forced to seek the aid of the [[Lossoth]] in the Ice-bay of [[Forochel]] due to hunger.
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{{Pronounce|Arvedui.mp3|Ardamir}}The snowmen helped the gaunt king out of pity and out of fear of his weapons, giving them food and building them snow-homes. Arvedui and his men had to stay there and wait for help as all their horses had perished. In 1975, when [[Círdan]] heard from Arvedui's son, [[Aranarth]], of his plight, he sent a ship to Forochel to find him. When the ship arrived in March of that year, the ice-men were affraid for no ship had been seen in those water in living memory, and the leader of the snowmen counselled Arvedui:{{quote|Do not mount on this sea-monster! If they have them, let the seamen bring us food and other things that we need, and you may stay here till the Witch-king goes home. For in summer his power wanes; but now his breath is deadly, and his cold arm is long.|[[Appendix A]], ''[[Eriador]], [[Arnor]] and the Heirs of Isildur''}}
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However, Arvedui did not heed their advice and gave them his ring, the [[Ring of Barahir]], as a token of his thanks. When the ship set sail a great wind came from the north and the hull of the ship was broken on some ice, thus the last king of Arthedain died, and with him the [[palantíri]] of [[Amon Sûl]] and [[Annúminas]] were lost.
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===Arnor after Arvedui's Death===
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In 1973, Gondor had received word from Arthedain of their difficulties, and not forgetting their ancient kingship, [[Eärnil]] sent as great a fleet as he could spare captained by his son [[Eärnur]]. By the time the fleet arrived, Arthedain was already defeated, and Arvedui had already perished.
  
In 1940 Arvedui married [[Fíriel]], daughter of king [[Ondoher]] of Gondor, who was killed four years later. At Ondoher's death, Arvedui sent messages to Gondor claiming the throne as a direct descendant of [[Isildur]], but he was refused. The [[Gondorians]] appointed general [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]] as King instead.
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However, in order to finally defeat this evil, Eärnur, Círdan and [[Glorfindel]] captained forces from Gondor, [[Lindon]] and [[Rivendell]] and marched across Eriador in such a great force that Angmar was utterly defeated without a single orc from that realm left to the west of the [[Misty Mountains]].
  
Arvedui became King of Arthedain soon after, and in 1974 [[Angmar]] attacked again, driving the [[Dúnedain]] away. Gondor sent help in the form of a great fleet, but it came too late: Arthedain was destroyed, and Arvedui fled to the Ice-bay of [[Forochel]].
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Despite the eventual victory over Angmar, Arnor was utterly defeated, and the Dúnedain of the North were a scattered and wandering people of which there were few. The line of kings continued, however, in [[Aranarth]] who took the title of [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain]] all the way down to [[Aragorn II|Aragorn Elessar]]; and when Aragorn claimed the throne of Gondor he did so as both the heir of Isildur and Anárion due to the fact he was descended from Fíriel - a claim none of the heirs of Arvedui forgot.
  
[[Círdan]] of [[Lindon]] sent a ship north to rescue him, and against the advice of the [[Snow-men]] of Forochel Arvedui boarded it, and was drowned.
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As such, Malbeth's prophecy proved true, for Arvedui was indeed the last King of Arthedain; likewise, the last king of Gondor was Eärnur who was killed by the Witch-king. There would not be another king in the north until [[Aragorn II|Aragorn Elessar]] reunited the thrones of Gondor and Arnor in the [[Reunited Kingdom]].
 
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A Gondorian army under [[Eärnur]] managed to destroy Angmar with help of Círdan, but Arthedain and all of [[Arnor]] were no more, and the kingship had ended.
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At Arvedui's death, his son [[Aranarth]] became the first of the [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain]].
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The prophecy became truth, for Arvedui was indeed the last King of [[Arnor]], and likewise the line of the [[Kings of Gondor]] also ended with Eärnil's son Eärnur. The realms were not reunited until a thousand years later, when [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] became King Elessar of the [[Reunited Kingdom]].
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== Genealogy ==
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  [[Isildur]]
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  [[Araphant]]
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  '''ARVEDUI'''
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  [[Aranarth]]  ''(First [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain]])''
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  [[Arahael]]
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== Etymology ==
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Arvedui's name is [[Sindarin]] for "Last King" from ''[[ar]]'' meaning "royal, king", and ''medui'' (becoming lenited to ''vedui'') meaning "last".
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Revision as of 18:11, 11 January 2007

Template:Royalty infobox Arvedui (T.A. 1864 – 1974, died aged 111) was the fifteenth, and last, king of Arthedain, succeeding his father, Araphant, upon his death in 1964.

History

Birth and Early Life

Arvedui's name means "Last King" in Sindarin (see Etymology below), and he was named so due to a prophecy by Malbeth the Seer at Arvedui's birth spoken to his father, Araphant:

"Arvedui you shall call him, for he will be the last in Arthedain. Though a choice will come to the Dúnedain, and if they take the one that seems less hopeful, then your son will change his name and become king of a great realm. If not, then much sorrow and many lives of men shall pass, until the Dúnedain arise and are united again."
Appendix A, Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

Arvedui married Fíriel, the daughter of the king of Gondor, Ondoher, in 1940, securing the link between Gondor and Arthedain after years of estrangement. Four years later, Ondoher was killed in a battle with the Wainriders, and died without a male heir. Arvedui sent messages to Gondor claiming the kingship of Gondor as a descendent of Isildur and as the husband of Fíriel, who, under old Númenórean law, should've become the first ruling queen. In 1945 the Council of Gondor, persuaded by the Steward Pelendur, voted against Arvedui's claim in favour of Eärnil - the distant relative of the king and the victorious general in the war on the Wainriders.

Life as King

When Arvedui became king in 1964, the kingdom was already in a bad state, with the kingdom struggling to hold back the forces of Angmar. In 1974 the Witch-king came down from the north capturing Fornost and pushing most of the Dúnedain over the Lune. Arvedui and his men held out on the North Downs but fled north and hid in old dwarven mines in the Blue Mountains before being forced to seek the aid of the Lossoth in the Ice-bay of Forochel due to hunger.

The snowmen helped the gaunt king out of pity and out of fear of his weapons, giving them food and building them snow-homes. Arvedui and his men had to stay there and wait for help as all their horses had perished. In 1975, when Círdan heard from Arvedui's son, Aranarth, of his plight, he sent a ship to Forochel to find him. When the ship arrived in March of that year, the ice-men were affraid for no ship had been seen in those water in living memory, and the leader of the snowmen counselled Arvedui:
"Do not mount on this sea-monster! If they have them, let the seamen bring us food and other things that we need, and you may stay here till the Witch-king goes home. For in summer his power wanes; but now his breath is deadly, and his cold arm is long."
Appendix A, Eriador, Arnor and the Heirs of Isildur

However, Arvedui did not heed their advice and gave them his ring, the Ring of Barahir, as a token of his thanks. When the ship set sail a great wind came from the north and the hull of the ship was broken on some ice, thus the last king of Arthedain died, and with him the palantíri of Amon Sûl and Annúminas were lost.

Arnor after Arvedui's Death

In 1973, Gondor had received word from Arthedain of their difficulties, and not forgetting their ancient kingship, Eärnil sent as great a fleet as he could spare captained by his son Eärnur. By the time the fleet arrived, Arthedain was already defeated, and Arvedui had already perished.

However, in order to finally defeat this evil, Eärnur, Círdan and Glorfindel captained forces from Gondor, Lindon and Rivendell and marched across Eriador in such a great force that Angmar was utterly defeated without a single orc from that realm left to the west of the Misty Mountains.

Despite the eventual victory over Angmar, Arnor was utterly defeated, and the Dúnedain of the North were a scattered and wandering people of which there were few. The line of kings continued, however, in Aranarth who took the title of Chieftain of the Dúnedain all the way down to Aragorn Elessar; and when Aragorn claimed the throne of Gondor he did so as both the heir of Isildur and Anárion due to the fact he was descended from Fíriel - a claim none of the heirs of Arvedui forgot.

As such, Malbeth's prophecy proved true, for Arvedui was indeed the last King of Arthedain; likewise, the last king of Gondor was Eärnur who was killed by the Witch-king. There would not be another king in the north until Aragorn Elessar reunited the thrones of Gondor and Arnor in the Reunited Kingdom.

Genealogy

  Isildur
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  Araphant
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  ARVEDUI
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  Aranarth   (First Chieftain of the Dúnedain)
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  Arahael

Etymology

Arvedui's name is Sindarin for "Last King" from ar meaning "royal, king", and medui (becoming lenited to vedui) meaning "last".

Titles

Preceded by:
Araphant
15th King of Arthedain
III 1964 - 1975
Followed by:
Realm Extinct; Aranarth as Chieftain