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Fíriel

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The name Fíriel refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Fíriel (disambiguation).
Fíriel
Gondorian
Biographical Information
TitlesQueen of Arthedain
LanguageWestron
BirthT.A. 1896
Family
HouseHouse of Anárion
ParentageOndoher
SiblingsArtamir and Faramir
SpouseArvedui
ChildrenAranarth
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Fíriel was the third child and daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor.[1]

History

Fíriel was wed to prince Arvedui of Arnor in T.A. 1940 when Arvedui's father Araphant made an alliance with Ondoher.[2] The alliance proved fruitless, however. Neither side could send help to the other as both Kingdoms came under attack: Arnor by Angmar and Gondor by the Wainriders.

During the Disaster of the Morannon, Ondoher and his sons Artamir and Faramir were killed, which meant that according to the Law of Númenor, Fíriel should have become the Ruling Queen. Arvedui referred to this ancient law, as well as the fact that he was a direct descendant of Isildur, as arguments to claim the crown of Gondor, but he was refused.

Fíriel remained with her husband in the north, though her fate in the fall of Arthedain was never recorded. She did have a son, Aranarth, who continued the line of Isildur.[1]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Ondoher
 
 
 
 
 
Araphant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artamir
 
Faramir
 
FÍRIEL
 
Arvedui
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aranarth
 
 


Etymology

Fíriel is Quenya for "mortal woman".[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", 'Ondohir', p. 201
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"