|Other names||the Fair|
|Birth||T.A. 2907 |
|Death||T.A. 3007 (aged 100)|
|House||House of Isildur|
|Parentage||Dírhael and Ivorwen|
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 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."
The name Gilraen is said to mean "(Lady) netted with Stars",[source?] as she wore a ceremonial headgarb with many jewels.
Portrayal in adaptations
- 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.
- 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.
2009: Born of Hope:
- Gilraen, portrayed by Beth Aynsley, is fleeing from an attack on her village through a forest with her family when orcs attack. They are rescued by Arathorn II and his rangers. They are taken to Taurdal, where Gilraen falls in love with Arathorn, suffering a rivalry with Elgarain. When Arathorn returns from hunting orcs, he receives permission from Arador to marry Gilraen, however, he cannot summon the courage to ask Dírhael for Gilraen's hand. Eventually he confronts Dírhael and the two are married. Gilraen becomes pregnant, and gives birth to her son Aragorn. Later Elladan and Elrohir come with a message from Elrond, asking that Gilraen and Aragorn come to Rivendell for safekeeping. Before Arathorn and Gilraen come to a decision orcs attack, wounding Arathorn fatally. While the orcs attack, Gilraen attempts to defend her house, but is overwhelmed and saved by Elgarain. She weeps at Arathorn's death, and thence takes Aragorn to Rivendell.