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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
Imrahil was the son of [[Adrahil II]]. He had two older sisters, [[Ivriniel]] and [[Finduilas (wife of Denethor)|Finduilas]]. After his father's death, he became Prince in [[Third Age 3010|T.A. 3010]]. Imrahil had four children:  [[Elphir]], [[Erchirion]], [[Amrothos]] and [[Lothíriel]].<ref name="Elendil">{{PM|Elendil}}</ref>
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Imrahil was the son of [[Adrahil II]]. He had two older sisters, [[Ivriniel]] and [[Finduilas (wife of Denethor)|Finduilas]]. After his father's death, he became Prince in {{TA|3010}}. Imrahil had four children:  [[Elphir]], [[Erchirion]], [[Amrothos]] and [[Lothíriel]].<ref name="Elendil">{{PM|Elendil}}, ''The Line of Dol Amroth'', p. 221</ref>
 
===War of the Ring===
 
===War of the Ring===
 
[[Image:John Howe - Prince Imrahil.jpg|thumb|left|''Prince Imrahil'' by [[John Howe]]]]
 
[[Image:John Howe - Prince Imrahil.jpg|thumb|left|''Prince Imrahil'' by [[John Howe]]]]
During the [[War of the Ring]], Imrahil came to the aid of his [[Denethor II|brother-in-law]]. On [[9 March|March 9]], [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]], he came into [[Minas Tirith]] with a company of knights and seven hundred soldiers.<ref name="MT">{{RK|MT}}</ref>
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During the [[War of the Ring]], Imrahil came to the aid of his brother-in-law, [[Denethor|Denethor II]]. On [[9 March]], {{TA|3019}}, he came into [[Minas Tirith]] with a company of knights and seven hundred soldiers.<ref name="MT">{{RK|MT}}</ref>
  
On [[13 March|March 13]], as [[Southrons]] harrassed [[Faramir]], Imrahil and his knights, with [[Gandalf|Mithrandir]], formed a sortie, and Imrahil himself saved his sister-son from his pursuers. Faramir received a poisonous wound, and Denethor fell to madness. Being the highest ranking officer [[Gondor]] fit for battle, Imrahil took command, and quickly passed it on to Mithrandir.  
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On [[13 March]], as [[Southrons]] harrassed [[Faramir]], Imrahil and his knights, with [[Gandalf]], formed a sortie, and Imrahil himself saved his sister-son from his pursuers. Faramir received a poisonous wound, and Denethor fell to madness. Being the highest ranking officer in [[Gondor]] fit for battle, Imrahil took command, and quickly passed it on to Gandalf.  
  
Two days later, the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]] raged before the city. Imrahil ventured outside the city, and witnessed the funeral procession of [[Théoden]]. He recognized that [[Éowyn]] still lived (though she lie an inch from death), and sent her to the [[Houses of Healing]].  
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Two days later, the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]] raged before the city. Imrahil ventured outside the city, and witnessed the funeral procession of [[Théoden]]. He recognized that [[Éowyn]] still lived (though she lie an inch from death), and brought her to the [[Houses of Healing]].  
  
 
Because [[Éomer]] and his riders were outnumbered, Imrahil rode into battle, together with [[Húrin (Warden of the Keys)|Húrin the Tall]], [[Forlong|Forlong of Lossarnach]] and [[Hirluin|Hirluin the Fair]], and they were soon joined by [[Aragorn]] who landed at [[Harlond in Gondor|Harlond]]. Imrahil continued East, driving the frightened [[Variags]] and [[orcs]] away.  
 
Because [[Éomer]] and his riders were outnumbered, Imrahil rode into battle, together with [[Húrin (Warden of the Keys)|Húrin the Tall]], [[Forlong|Forlong of Lossarnach]] and [[Hirluin|Hirluin the Fair]], and they were soon joined by [[Aragorn]] who landed at [[Harlond in Gondor|Harlond]]. Imrahil continued East, driving the frightened [[Variags]] and [[orcs]] away.  
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[[File:Imrahil.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Imrahil'' by [[Donato Giancola]].]]
 
[[File:Imrahil.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Imrahil'' by [[Donato Giancola]].]]
When Imrahil learned that Denethor was dead and Faramir dying, he suggested that Aragorn be summoned, remembering that the Kings of old were great healers. Aragorn came at Gandalf's request to heal the wounded Faramir, Éowyn and [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]], but he declared that Prince Imrahil should rule the City until Faramir awoke, in effect granting Imrahil the position of Steward.
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When Imrahil learned that Denethor was dead and Faramir dying, he suggested that Aragorn be summoned, remembering that the Kings of old were great healers. Aragorn came at Gandalf's request to heal the wounded Faramir, Éowyn, and [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]], but he declared that Prince Imrahil should rule the City until Faramir awoke, in effect granting Imrahil the position of Steward.
  
 
During the debate of the Captains of the West, Gandalf proposed that they march to the [[Morannon]] to distract Sauron's attention from [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] the Ring-bearer. Imrahil said that he would follow his liege Aragorn, but since Minas Tirith was under his command the Prince advised that some should remain to defend the City. In the end it was decided that an army of 7,000 would ride forth. Imrahil laughed at the thought.<ref>{{RK|Debate}}</ref>
 
During the debate of the Captains of the West, Gandalf proposed that they march to the [[Morannon]] to distract Sauron's attention from [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] the Ring-bearer. Imrahil said that he would follow his liege Aragorn, but since Minas Tirith was under his command the Prince advised that some should remain to defend the City. In the end it was decided that an army of 7,000 would ride forth. Imrahil laughed at the thought.<ref>{{RK|Debate}}</ref>
  
The Host of the West left Minas Tirith on [[18 March|March 18]]. Bypassing [[Minas Morgul]] and marching North, the heralds announced the coming of King Elessar at Imrahil's advice. When Sauron's forces emerged from the Black Gate on March 25, Imrahil stood on the front line with his men. They fought the [[Battle of the Morannon]] until [[the One Ring]] was destroyed.  
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The Host of the West left Minas Tirith on [[18 March]]. Bypassing [[Minas Morgul]] and marching North, the heralds announced the coming of King Elessar at Imrahil's advice. When Sauron's forces emerged from the Black Gate on March 25, Imrahil stood on the front line with his men. They fought the [[Battle of the Morannon]] until [[the One Ring]] was destroyed.  
  
Prince Imrahil was present at the celebrations of the field of Cormallen, and the coronation of Aragorn as King Elessar, and rode with the funeral procession of King Théoden to Rohan, remaining in [[Edoras]] after the King's burial on August 10. Imrahil and Éomer became great friends, and in [[Fourth Age 2|Fo. A. 2]] Éomer wed Imrahil's daughter [[Lothíriel]].<ref>{{App|A}}</ref>
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Prince Imrahil was present at the celebrations of the field of Cormallen, and the coronation of Aragorn as King Elessar, and rode with the funeral procession of King Théoden to Rohan, remaining in [[Edoras]] after the King's burial on August 10. Imrahil and Éomer became great friends, and in {{FoA|2}} Éomer wed Imrahil's daughter [[Lothíriel]].<ref>{{App|A}}</ref>
  
 
===Later life===
 
===Later life===
After the War of the Ring, Prince Imrahil and his nephew Faramir, [[Prince of Ithilien]], were King Elessar's chief commanders. Imrahil was also part of the Great Council of Gondor, and remained an advisor of the King.<ref>{{L|244}}</ref>
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After the War of the Ring, Prince Imrahil and his nephew [[Faramir]], [[Prince of Ithilien]], were King Elessar's chief commanders. Imrahil was also part of the Great Council of Gondor, and remained an advisor of the King.<ref>{{L|244}}</ref>
  
Prince Imrahil died in the year 34 of the [[Fourth Age]], and was succeed by his eldest son [[Elphir]], who continued the line of Princes.<ref name="Elendil"/>  
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Prince Imrahil died in the year 34 of the [[Fourth Age]], and was succeed by his eldest son [[Elphir]], who continued the line of Princes.<ref name="Elendil"/>
  
 
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Imrahil
Gondorian
Biographical Information
Other names"the Fair"
TitlesPrince of Dol Amroth
LocationDol Amroth
LanguageWestron
BirthT.A. 2955
RuleT.A. 3010 - Fo.A. 34
DeathFo.A. 34 (aged 100)
Family
HouseHouse of Dol Amroth
ParentageAdrahil II
SiblingsIvriniel and Finduilas
ChildrenElphir, Erchirion, Amrothos and Lothíriel
Physical Description
GenderMale
"That is a fair lord and a great captain of men. If Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising."
Legolas, The Last Debate

Imrahil was the twenty-second Prince of Dol Amroth.

Contents

History

Early life

Imrahil was the son of Adrahil II. He had two older sisters, Ivriniel and Finduilas. After his father's death, he became Prince in T.A. 3010. Imrahil had four children: Elphir, Erchirion, Amrothos and Lothíriel.[1]

War of the Ring

Prince Imrahil by John Howe

During the War of the Ring, Imrahil came to the aid of his brother-in-law, Denethor II. On 9 March, T.A. 3019, he came into Minas Tirith with a company of knights and seven hundred soldiers.[2]

On 13 March, as Southrons harrassed Faramir, Imrahil and his knights, with Gandalf, formed a sortie, and Imrahil himself saved his sister-son from his pursuers. Faramir received a poisonous wound, and Denethor fell to madness. Being the highest ranking officer in Gondor fit for battle, Imrahil took command, and quickly passed it on to Gandalf.

Two days later, the Battle of the Pelennor Fields raged before the city. Imrahil ventured outside the city, and witnessed the funeral procession of Théoden. He recognized that Éowyn still lived (though she lie an inch from death), and brought her to the Houses of Healing.

Because Éomer and his riders were outnumbered, Imrahil rode into battle, together with Húrin the Tall, Forlong of Lossarnach and Hirluin the Fair, and they were soon joined by Aragorn who landed at Harlond. Imrahil continued East, driving the frightened Variags and orcs away.

Imrahil survived the battle unscathed, and together with Éomer and Aragorn he came to the gates of Minas Tirith.[3] Imrahil recognized that Aragorn was the rightful King, but he agreed that it was wise for Aragorn to wait to enter the city, because he knew Denethor was strong-willed and proud.

When Imrahil learned that Denethor was dead and Faramir dying, he suggested that Aragorn be summoned, remembering that the Kings of old were great healers. Aragorn came at Gandalf's request to heal the wounded Faramir, Éowyn, and Merry, but he declared that Prince Imrahil should rule the City until Faramir awoke, in effect granting Imrahil the position of Steward.

During the debate of the Captains of the West, Gandalf proposed that they march to the Morannon to distract Sauron's attention from Frodo the Ring-bearer. Imrahil said that he would follow his liege Aragorn, but since Minas Tirith was under his command the Prince advised that some should remain to defend the City. In the end it was decided that an army of 7,000 would ride forth. Imrahil laughed at the thought.[4]

The Host of the West left Minas Tirith on 18 March. Bypassing Minas Morgul and marching North, the heralds announced the coming of King Elessar at Imrahil's advice. When Sauron's forces emerged from the Black Gate on March 25, Imrahil stood on the front line with his men. They fought the Battle of the Morannon until the One Ring was destroyed.

Prince Imrahil was present at the celebrations of the field of Cormallen, and the coronation of Aragorn as King Elessar, and rode with the funeral procession of King Théoden to Rohan, remaining in Edoras after the King's burial on August 10. Imrahil and Éomer became great friends, and in Fo.A. 2 Éomer wed Imrahil's daughter Lothíriel.[5]

Later life

After the War of the Ring, Prince Imrahil and his nephew Faramir, Prince of Ithilien, were King Elessar's chief commanders. Imrahil was also part of the Great Council of Gondor, and remained an advisor of the King.[6]

Prince Imrahil died in the year 34 of the Fourth Age, and was succeed by his eldest son Elphir, who continued the line of Princes.[1]

Etymology

The name Imrahil is said to be of Númenórean origin,[7] though its exact meaning is uncertain.

The second element -hil (also seen in the name Adrahil) perhaps is related to the Westron ending -kil (cf. banakil, Tarkil) meaning possibly "person" or "man", and perhaps ultimately related to Elvish "follower" (KHIL).[source?][8]

Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne have proposed as a possible meaning "Heir of Imrazôr".[9]

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", The Line of Dol Amroth, p. 221
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 244, (undated, written circa 1963)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 364
  9. Carl F. Hostetter, Patrick Wynne, "An Adunaic Dictionary", published in Vinyar Tengwar 25 (September 1992)
Imrahil
House of Dol Amroth
Born: T.A. 2955 Died: Fo.A. 34
Preceded by:
Adrahil II
22nd Prince of Dol Amroth
T.A. 3010 - Fo.A. 34
Followed by:
Elphir