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Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Arthedain
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthT.A. 979
RuleT.A. 1110 - 1191
DeathT.A. 1191 (aged 212)
HouseHouse of Isildur
Physical Description

Celepharn (T.A. 979[1] - 1191,[2] died aged 212) was the fourth King of Arthedain.

[edit] History

Celepharn was the son of Mallor and the father of Celebrindor; he came to the throne of Arthedain upon the death of his father in 1110.[2]

During his rule, circa 1150, more Periannath (mostly Fallohides and Stoors) passed over the Misty Mountains and entered Eriador and the lands of Arnor. The Stoors settled mainly in Dunland or the Angle.[3]

Celepharn's rule coincided with that of Hyarmendacil I of Gondor, under whom the Southern Kingdom reached the height of its power.[4]

Celepharn ruled Arthedain for eighty-one years, and was succeeded by his son, Celebrindor, upon his death in 1191.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The etymology of Celepharn's name is unknown. Robert Foster categorizes the name as Sindarin.[5] David Salo proposes that it might be composed of celeb ("silver") + lenited) sarn ("stone")[6]; in this case, ph should not represent f, but two sounds pronounced separately as "celep-harn".

Earlier, Anthony Bryant speculated that the second element is a derivative of the root PHAR ("reach, go all the way, suffice"), thus meaning something like "enough silver" or "sufficient silver".[7][8]

[edit] Genealogy

811 - 1029
895 - 1110
979 - 1191
1062 - 1272
1144 - 1349


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 193
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
  5. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, (entry for Celepharn)
  6. David Salo (2004), A Gateway to Sindarin, p. 346
  7. "Re: Orofarne, Lassemista (message #13050)" dated 2 April 2002, Elfling mailing list (accessed 22 April 2013)
  8. Mark Fisher, "Celepharn" dated 15 March 2011, Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 22 April 2013)
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 979 Died: T.A. 1191
Preceded by:
12th Heir of Isildur
T.A. 1110 - 1191
Followed by:
4th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1110 - 1191