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'''Gilraen''' was the mother of [[Aragorn|Aragorn II]], the last [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain|Chieftain of the Dúnedain]].
 
'''Gilraen''' was the mother of [[Aragorn|Aragorn II]], the last [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain|Chieftain of the Dúnedain]].
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Revision as of 18:46, 17 November 2010

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Gilraen
Arnorian
Biographical Information
Other namesthe Fair
BirthT.A. 2907
DeathT.A. 3007
Family
ParentageDírhael and Ivorwen
SpouseArathorn II
ChildrenAragorn
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Gilraen was the mother of Aragorn II, the last Chieftain of the Dúnedain.

Contents

Life

She was born in the year 2907 of the Third Age. She was the daughter of Dírhael and Ivorwen, and a descendent of the first chieftain, Aranarth. Her father at first did not want her to marry Arathorn II, partly because she was at the time younger than customary for marriage, and he also foresaw that Arathorn would have a short life. However, Ivorwen persuaded him in the end, saying that Arathorn's short life was a further incentive to have a quick marriage, so that an heir could be born to be their people's leader.

Gilraen's son Aragorn was born in T.A. 2931, but her husband died two years later. She then brought her son to live in Imladris. She opposed Aragorn's love for Arwen, believing that Arwen's lineage was more noble than his and that Elves and mortals should not intermarry. In later years Gilraen returned to her people where she died in T.A. 3007, aged one-hundred years. Her final words to Aragorn were Ónen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim, meaning "I gave Hope (an obvious reference to her son's nickname) to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself."

Etymology

The name Gilraen is said to mean "(Lady) netted with Stars", as she wore a ceremonial headgarb with many jewels.

Portrayal in adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Aragorn and Elrond have a conversation at a memorial to Gilraen in Rivendell. Elrond suggests that she brought Aragorn to Imladris for safety from pursuit by the forces of evil. Elrond also thinks that Gilraen believed Aragorn would not escape his fate. Her memorial features a statue along with her name and an inscription of her final words written in Tengwar.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Elrond and Aragorn recite Gilraen's final words when Elrond brings the re-forged sword Andúril to Aragorn, with the words possibly taking on a different connotation from their meaning in the book.

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