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'''Gilraen''' was the mother of [[Aragorn II]], the last chieftain of the [[Dúnedain]].
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'''Gilraen''' was the mother of [[Aragorn II]], the last [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain|Chieftain of the Dúnedain]].
  
She was born in the year 2907 of the [[Third Age]]. She was the daughter of Dírhael and Ivorwen, and a descendent of 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.
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==Life==
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She was born in the year {{TA|2907|n}} of the [[Third Age]].<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> 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.<ref name="Tale">{{App|Tale}}</ref>
  
Gilraen's son [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] was born in 2931 [[Third Age]], but her husband died two years later. She then brought her son to live in [[Imladris]], later she returned to her people where she died in 3007, aged one-hundred years.
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Gilraen's son [[Aragorn]] was born in {{TA|2931}}, but her husband died two years later.<ref name="TA"/> She then brought her son to live in [[Rivendell|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 {{TA|3007|n}},<ref name="TA"/> aged one-hundred years. Her final words to Aragorn were ''Ónen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim'', meaning "I gave [[Estel|Hope]] (an obvious reference to her son's nickname) to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself."<ref name="Tale"/>
  
Her words from the books are used in the movie by Elrond and Aragorn: "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."
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==Etymology==
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The name ''Gilraen'' is said to mean "(Lady) netted with Stars", as she wore a ceremonial headgarb with many jewels.  
  
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:Aragorn and [[Elrond]] have a conversation at a memorial to Gilraen in [[Rivendell]]. Elrond suggests that she brought Aragorn to [[Rivendell|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]].
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'''2003: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]'':'''
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: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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Revision as of 20:52, 18 October 2012

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Gilraen
Arnorian
Biographical Information
Other namesthe Fair
BirthT.A. 2907
DeathT.A. 3007, age 100
Family
ParentageDírhael and Ivorwen
SpouseArathorn II
ChildrenAragorn
Physical Description
GenderFemale

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

Life

She was born in the year 2907 of the Third Age.[1] 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.[2]

Gilraen's son Aragorn was born in T.A. 2931, but her husband died two years later.[1] 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 3007,[1] 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."[2]

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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"