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Biographical Information
Other namesLast King
PositionKing of Arthedain
BirthT.A. 1864
RuleT.A. 1964 - 1975
DeathT.A. 1975, aged 111 years
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Arvedui

Arvedui (T.A. 1864[1]1975,[2] died aged 111) was the fifteenth, and last, king of Arthedain, succeeding his father, Araphant, upon his death in 1964.



Birth and Early Life

Arvedui's name meant "Last King" in Sindarin, 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."

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 have 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.[3]

Life as King

When Arvedui became king in 1964, the kingdom was already in a bad state, struggling to hold back the forces of Angmar. In 1974 the Witch-king descended from the north, capturing Fornost and pushing most of the Dúnedain over the Lune. Arvedui and his men, rescued several heirlooms of Arnor such as the Ring of Barahir and palantíri of Amon Sûl and Annúminas. They 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.[4]

The snowmen helped the gaunt king and his men out of pity and out of fear of their 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 afraid 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."
― Chief of the Lossoth[4]

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 two palantíri were lost.[4]

After Arvedui's Death

In 1973, Gondor had received word from Arthedain of their difficulties, and not forgetting their ancient kinship, Eärnil II, king of Gondor, 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 a host 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.[3]

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 Elessar reunited the thrones of Gondor and Arnor in the Reunited Kingdom.


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


Kings of Arnor
Kings of Gondor
Kings of Arthedain
Chieftains of the Dúnedain
Arathorn II
Aragorn II

Portrayal in Adaptations

2006: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II:

Arvedui appears in the expansion pack, The Rise of the Witch-king, during the Siege of Fornost in the Angmar-campaign. After Angmar's forces reach the second wall, he leads a sortie, but is killed.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Arvedui can be found in the Ice-bay.[5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 195
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  5. The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, "Doom of the Last-King"
Preceded by:
15th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1964 - 1975
Followed by:
Realm Extinct
Aranarth as Chieftain