Aratan

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Aratan
Arnorian
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

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

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

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

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

Portrayal in adaptations

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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