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Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Arthedain
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthT.A. 1789
RuleT.A. 1891 - 1964
DeathT.A. 1964 (aged 175)
HouseHouse of Isildur
Physical Description

Araphant (T.A. 1789[1] - 1964,[2] died aged 175) was the fourteenth king of Arthedain, and came to the throne upon the death of his father, Araval, in 1891.

[edit] History

Despite his father's successes, Angmar rebuilt its strength and continued its attacks on Arthedain which Araphant struggled to hold off with dwindling strength.[1] Arthedain had been at war with Angmar for 500 years, and this was taking its toll on the Dúnedain as their resistance was starting to fail.

It was during Araphant's reign that the long silence and estrangement between the southern kingdom of Gondor and the northern kingdom ended when Araphant took counsel with the King of Gondor, Ondoher. They realised that a single force was co-ordinating the attacks on both of their kingdoms and that they should work together to combat this evil. In 1940, Araphant's son, Arvedui, married the daughter of Ondoher, Fíriel, in token of the new alliance between Gondor and Arthedain.[3]

However, the alliance proved fruitless because neither kingdom could spare help for the other. Arthedain was soon attacked by the forces of the Witch-king, whilst Gondor was under attack by the Wainriders.

When Ondoher died four years later, Gondor was left kingless, so Arvedui claimed the kingship of Gondor on behalf of his wife, but the Steward Pelendur persuaded the Council of Gondor to select Eärnil, a distant relative of Ondoher, instead. However, the heirs of Arvedui did not forget this and claimed to be the heirs of both Isildur and Anárion.[3]

Araphant ruled Arthedain for seventy-three years and was succeeded by his son, Arvedui,[2] who was the last king until Aragorn Elessar.

[edit] Etymology

Araphant is a Sindarin name. Its meaning is not glossed, but the Association Tolkiendil suggests that it means "Full King" and is a compound of aran ("king", "lord", "chief", [lit.] high or noble person) and the nasal mutation phant of pant ("full") (as suggested by David Salo).[4][5] His name could be a reference to Araphant asserting himself as the king of all Arnor.

[edit] Genealogy

Arveleg II
1633 - 1813
1711 - 1891
Kings of
1789 - 1964
1787 - 1944
1864 - 1974
b 1896
1938 - 2106


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 195
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. Association Tolkiendil, "Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth", Tolkiendil (accessed 4 February 2022)
  5. Paul Strack, "S. Araphant m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 4 February 2022)
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 1789 Died: T.A. 1964
Preceded by:
22nd Heir of Isildur
T.A. 1891 - 1964
Followed by:
14th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1891 - 1964