Aratan

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Aratan
Arnorian
The Lord of the Rings Online - Aratan.jpg
Aratan in The Lord of the Rings Online
Biographical Information
PronunciationQ, [ˈaratan]
LocationGondor
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthS.A. 3339[1]
Gondor
DeathT.A. 2 (aged 104)
Disaster of the Gladden Fields
Family
HouseHouse of Isildur
ParentageIsildur
SiblingsElendur, Ciryon and Valandil
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Aratan

Aratan was the second son of Isildur.

History[edit]

In the War of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, Aratan and his brother Ciryon did not participate in the Siege of Barad-dûr. Isildur had sent these two brothers to man Minas Ithil so as to guard Cirith Dúath and prevent a possible breakout of Sauron should he escape the siege.[2]

In the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, Ciryon was the first brother to fall; Aratan was mortally wounded while trying to save him. After Aratan was wounded, Elendur advised his father to put on the One Ring and escape.[3]

Etymology[edit]

Aratan is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Stracks suggests it means "Noble Man" and is a compound of (a)ra- ("noble") and atan ("Man").[4]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elendil
S.A. 3119 - 3441
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isildur
S.A. 3209 - T.A. 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anárion
S.A. 3219 - 3440
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elendur
S.A. 3299 - T.A. 2
 
ARATAN
S.A. 3339 - T.A. 2
 
Ciryon
S.A. 3379 - T.A. 2
 
Valandil
S.A. 3430 - T.A. 249
 
Kings of
Gondor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldacar
T.A. 87 - 339
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arantar
T.A. 185 - 435
 
 
 
 

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

In early manuscripts Aratan was named "Eärnur".[1]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

2019: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The three elder sons of Isildur appear during an extended flashback set during the Siege of Barad-dûr in the year S.A. 3440. However, because the game's license does not cover the works in which they are named, they are referred to only by their war-time aliases, meant to hide their kinship with the King. Aratan uses the name "Ornaher" as his alias.

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