|"Aranarth" by Elena Kukanova|
|Titles||Chieftain of the Dúnedain|
|Birth||T.A. 1938 |
|Rule||T.A. 1976 - 2106|
|Death||T.A. 2106 (aged 168)|
|House||House of Isildur|
|Parentage||Arvedui and Fíriel|
|Siblings||At least one younger brother [note 1]|
|Children||Arahael, at least one other [note 2]|
|Gallery||Images of Aranarth|
When he was only young, the Witch-king of Angmar destroyed the North-kingdom and overran Fornost. Most of the remnants of the Dúnedain fled over the Lune into Lindon. However, Aranarth's father held out upon the North Downs until he escaped to the north. After hiding in abandoned dwarf-mines in the Blue Mountains the King and his men sought the help of the Lossoth, who gave them grudging aid.
Aranarth reported to Círdan of the King's flight to the north. Círdan sent a ship to the Icebay of Forochel to seek and rescue him. However, the hull of the ship was broken on the ice and all of the passengers drowned (including Arvedui) and the two palantíri the King had secured from the fall of Fornost were lost.
As the heir of Arvedui, this made Aranarth the King of Arthedain (and nominally the claimed title of King of Arnor), but he did not claim this title as the kingdom had been destroyed. He instead claimed the title of Chieftain of the Dúnedain, and with the remnants of the Dúnedain (thenceforth known as the Rangers of the North) he rode with Eärnur of Gondor to destroy the kingdom of Angmar.
Aranarth's son Arahael was born and raised in Rivendell, as were all the sons of chieftains after him; and Elrond was entrusted with the safekeeping of the heirlooms of the North-kingdom: the Ring of Barahir, the shards of Narsil, the Star of Elendil, and the Sceptre of Annúminas.
Aranarth died in 2106, after ruling for 130 years - longer than any other chieftain.
Aranarth is a Sindarin name. Its meaning is not glossed, but the Association Tolkiendil suggests it means "Noble King". It is suggested to be a compound of aran ("king", "lord", "chief", [lit.] high or noble person) and arth ("noble"), which may be related to the initial element of Arthedain.
Other versions of the legendarium
Early drafts of Appendix A list Aranarth's date of birth as T.A. 1938, but in Appendix A, "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion" and in the Tale of Years, his parents' wedding year is given T.A. 1940.
Portrayal in adaptations
1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:
- Aranarth is a Dúnadan based in Fornost, famous for his tracking abilities and described as a man "who leaves no footprints".
- 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", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- Association Tolkiendil, "Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth", Tolkiendil (accessed 5 February 2022)
- Paul Strack, "S. Aranarth m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 5 February 2022)
- David Salo (2004), A Gateway to Sindarin, pp. 240, 341
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 196
- Wesley J. Frank, et al. (1994), Arnor: The Realm (#2005)
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
|24th Heir of Isildur|
T.A. 1974 – 2106
Arvedui, as King of Arthedain
|1st Chieftain of the Dúnedain|
T.A. 1976 – 2106