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'''Imrahil''' was the twenty-second Prince of [[Dol Amroth]]. He had two older sisters, [[Ivriniel]] and [[Finduilas of Dol Amroth|Finduilas]].
 
  
During the [[War of the Ring]], on March 9, 3019, Prince Imrahil led a company of [[Swan Knight]]s and 700 men at arms to [[Minas Tirith]] to help defend the City. Prince Imrahil led the sortie that rode to the aid of [[Faramir son of Denethor II|Faramir]] and the rear-guard who were retreating from [[Osgiliath]] when the forces of [[Sauron]] overran the [[Pelennor Fields]] on March 13. [[Gandalf]] rode with them, and the Winged [[Nazgûl]] fled before him. The [[Knights of Dol Amroth]] rescued Faramir from the [[Southrons]]. Faramir was poisoned, and Imrahil carried his nephew back to the City on his horse. Gandalf then took command of the besieged city and Prince Imrahil assisted him, because Denethor in his madness retreated to the White Tower with his dying son, and forgot about the city.
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'''Imrahil''' was the twenty-second [[Prince of Dol Amroth]]. He was the son of [[Adrahil II]] He had two older sisters, [[Ivriniel]] and [[Finduilas of Dol Amroth|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]]<sup>[[#References|1]]</sup>.  
  
While paying his respect to the procession bearing the body of King [[Théoden]] of [[Rohan]] at the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]] on March 15, Imrahil noticed that the [[Rohirrim]] also bore the body of [[Éowyn]]. He perceived that she was still alive and he sent a man to the City for help.
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==War of the Ring==
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During the [[War of the Ring]], Imrahil came to the aid of his [[Denethor II|brother-in-law]]. On March 9, [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]], he came into [[Minas Tirith in Gondor|Minas Tirith]]:
  
[[Éomer]] and his Riders were outnumbered, but Imrahil then rode into battle, and he came to their aid. Shortly after, [[Aragorn]] arrived in the black ships of the Corsairs, and the tide of the battle was turned. After the Pelennor fields had been cleared, Aragorn, Éomer and Imrahil rode to the Gate of Minas Tirith.  
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<blockquote>''And last and proudest, Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth, kinsman of the Lord, with gilded banners bearing his token of the Ship and the Silver Swan, and a company of knights in full harness riding grey horses; behind them seven hundreds of men at arms, tall as lords, grey-eyed, dark-haired, singing as they came.''<sup>[[#References|2]]</sup></blockquote>
  
Imrahil recognized that Aragorn was the rightful King, but he agreed that it was wise for Aragorn to wait to enter the city, because Imrahil knew his brother-in-law [[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 [[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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On March 13, as [[Southrons]] harrassed [[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|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.  
  
During the debate of the Captains of the West, Gandalf proposed that they march to the [[Black Gate]] 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 and said:
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On March 15, Imrahil ventured outside the city, and witnessed the funeral procession of [[Théoden]]. He identified [[Éowyn]], and sent her to the [[Houses of Healing]].
<blockquote>''"Surely this is the greatest jest in all the history of Gondor: that we should ride with seven thousands, scarce as many as the vanguard of its army in the days of its power, to assail the mountains and the impenetrable gate of the Black Land! So might a child threaten a mail-clad knight with a bow of string and green willow!"'' ([[The Return of the King]]: "The Last Debate")</blockquote>
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The Host of the West left Minas Tirith on 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]] (Black Gate) until the [[One Ring]] was destroyed.  
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Because [[Éomer]] and his riders were outnumbered, Imrahil rode into battle, together with [[Húrin the Tall]], [[Forlong|Forlong of Lossarnach]] and [[Hirluin|Hirluin the Fair]], and they were soon joined by [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] who landed at [[Harlond in Gondor|Harlond]]. Imrahil continued East, driving the frightened [[Variags]] and [[orcs]] away.  
  
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 [[Third Age|T.A.]] 3021 Éomer wed Imrahil's daughter [[Lothíriel]].  
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Imrahil survived the battle unscathed, and together with Éomer and Aragorn he came to the gates of Minas Tirith <sup>[[#References|3]]</sup>. 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.  
  
After the War of the Ring, Prince Imrahil and his nephew Prince Faramir were King Elessar's chief commanders. Imrahil was also part of the Great Council of Gondor, and remained an advisor of the King.
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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.
  
Following is one little-known quote at the Last Debate that Tolkien did not put in the final version of Lord of the Rings:
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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 and said:
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<blockquote>''"Surely this is the greatest jest in all the history of Gondor: that we should ride with seven thousands, scarce as many as the vanguard of its army in the days of its power, to assail the mountains and the impenetrable gate of the Black Land! So might a child threaten a mail-clad knight with a bow of string and green willow!"'' <sup>[[#References|4]]</sup></blockquote>
  
:“…Than what is the use of this Ring?” said Imrahil  
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The Host of the West left Minas Tirith on 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.  
:“Victory,” said Hurin. “At least we should have won the war, and not this foul lord of Mordor.
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:“So might many a brave knight of the Mark or the Realm speak,” said Imrahil. “But surely more wisdom is required of lords in council. Victory is in itself worthless. Unless Gondor stands for some good, then let it not stand at all; and if Mordor doth not stand for some evil that we will not brook in Mordor or out of it, then let it triumph.
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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 [[Fourth Age 2|Fo. A. 2]] Éomer wed Imrahil's daughter [[Lothíriel]]<sup>[[#References|5]]</sup>.
  
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.
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==Later life==
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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<sup>[[#References|6]]</sup>.
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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.
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==Etymology==
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The name Imrahil is said to be of [[Adûnaic|Númenorean]] origin<sup>[[#References|7]]</sup>. [[Carl F. Hostetter]] and [[Patrick H. Wynne]] have proposed as a possible meaning "Heir of [[Imrazôr]]"<sup>[[#References|8]]</sup>, but the validity of this guess is low.
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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Both the [[Rankin/Bass' The Return of the King|Rankin/Bass]] and the [[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King|Peter Jackson]] movies left out the character of Imrahil. Peter Jackson replaced him with a fringe character, Irolas.
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==References==
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# ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]'', ''[[The Heirs of Elendil]]''
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# ''[[The Return of the King]]'', ''[[Minas Tirith (chapter)|Minas Tirith]]''
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# ''[[The Return of the King]]'', ''[[The Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]''
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# ''[[The Return of the King]]'', ''[[The Last Debate]]''
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# ''[[Appendix A]]''
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# ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[Letter 244]]''
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# ''[[Appendix E]]''
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# ''[[Vinyar Tengwar 25]], page 17.
  
 
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Imrahil
Man
Biographical Information
Other namesPrince of Dol Amroth
BirthT.A. 2955
DeathFo. A. 34
Physical Description
GenderMale
HeightTall
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorGrey

Imrahil was the twenty-second Prince of Dol Amroth. He 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 Lothíriel1.

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War of the Ring

During the War of the Ring, Imrahil came to the aid of his brother-in-law. On March 9, T.A. 3019, he came into Minas Tirith:

And last and proudest, Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth, kinsman of the Lord, with gilded banners bearing his token of the Ship and the Silver Swan, and a company of knights in full harness riding grey horses; behind them seven hundreds of men at arms, tall as lords, grey-eyed, dark-haired, singing as they came.2

On March 13, as Southrons harrassed Faramir, Imrahil and his knights, with 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.

On March 15, Imrahil ventured outside the city, and witnessed the funeral procession of Théoden. He identified Éowyn, and sent 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 and said:

"Surely this is the greatest jest in all the history of Gondor: that we should ride with seven thousands, scarce as many as the vanguard of its army in the days of its power, to assail the mountains and the impenetrable gate of the Black Land! So might a child threaten a mail-clad knight with a bow of string and green willow!" 4

The Host of the West left Minas Tirith on 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.

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 Lothíriel5.

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 King6.

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.

Etymology

The name Imrahil is said to be of Númenorean origin7. Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne have proposed as a possible meaning "Heir of Imrazôr"8, but the validity of this guess is low.

Portrayal in adaptations

Both the Rankin/Bass and the Peter Jackson movies left out the character of Imrahil. Peter Jackson replaced him with a fringe character, Irolas.

References

  1. The Peoples of Middle-earth, The Heirs of Elendil
  2. The Return of the King, Minas Tirith
  3. The Return of the King, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
  4. The Return of the King, The Last Debate
  5. Appendix A
  6. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 244
  7. Appendix E
  8. Vinyar Tengwar 25, page 17.