|"Amlaith, king of Arthedain" by ElfinFen|
|Titles||King of Arthedain|
|Birth||T.A. 726 |
|Rule||T.A. 861 - 946|
|Death||T.A. 946 (aged 220)|
|House||House of Isildur|
|Siblings||two unnamed brothers|
|Gallery||Images of Amlaith|
Amlaith of Fornost (T.A. 726 - T.A. 946, died aged 220) was the eldest son of Eärendur, the tenth King of Arnor.
He was destined to become King of Arnor after his father's death in T.A. 861, but there were constant quarrels between Eärendur's sons. A civil war erupted when Eärendur finally died. Amlaith, however, failed to overcome his two younger brothers, so the Kingdom of Arnor was split into three and Amlaith became the first King of Arthedain. (His brothers founded the kingdoms of Cardolan and Rhudaur).
His reign in Arthedain was largely a peaceful one, although border disputes with the realms of Cardolan and Rhudaur - especially over Amon Sûl and the Weather Hills - never fully ceased. Under his rule the capital was formally removed from Annúminas to Fornost, due to the dwindling of the people.
Unlike his forefathers, he did not take a name in Quenya, the "High-elven Tongue",, but instead took a name in Sindarin, as did all the Kings of Arthedain and Chieftains of the Dúnedain that descended from him.
Amlaith ruled for eighty-five years, and was succeeded at his death in 946 by his son, Beleg.
Amlaith is a Sindarin name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Mark Fisher suggests it might contain the elements am ("up") and laith (as in the name of the river Limlaith where laith means "light").
552 - 777
640 - 861
726 - 946
811 - 1029
895 - 1110
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 193
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur", Arthedain. Amlaith of Fornost, footnote
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of the Elves", first paragraph
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", manuscript C with corrections and expansions, The Northern Line of Arnor: the Isildurioni, 10. Earendur, p. 192 using Noldorin, which was later renamend to Sindarin.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VIII. The Tale of Years of the Third Age", manuscript T4, The Third Age year 861 using Noldorin, which was later renamed to Sindarin
- ↑ Mark Fisher, "Amlaith of Fornost", The Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 28 January 2022)
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
|9th Heir of Isildur|
T.A. 861 - 946
Eärendur, as King of Arnor
|1st King of Arthedain|
T.A. 861 - 946