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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
GenderMale
Fíriel was the daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor.

History

Fíriel was wed to prince Arvedui of Arnor during a time when Arvedui's father Araphant made an alliance with Ondoher. The alliance proved fruitless, however, as neither side could send help to the other, both Kingdoms being under attack: Arnor by Angmar, and Gondor by the Wainriders.

During the Battle of the Camp, Ondoher and his sons Artamir and Faramir were killed, which meant that according to the Law of Númenor, Fíriel was now the Ruling Queen. Arvedui used this, as well as the fact that he was a direct descendant of Isildur, as an argument to claim the crown of Gondor, but was refused.

Fíriel remained with her husband in the north, though her fate in the fall of Arthedain was never recorded.[1]

Etymology

Fíriel is Quenya for "mortal woman".[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"