|"Arvedui and Fíriel" by Elena Kukanova|
|Titles||Queen of Arthedain|
|Birth||T.A. 1896 |
|Death||unknown (aged 42+) |
|House||House of Anárion|
|Siblings||Artamir and Faramir|
|Children||Aranarth, at least one other son[note 1]|
|Gallery||Images of Fíriel|
Fíriel was the third child and daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor.
Fíriel was wed to prince Arvedui of Arnor in T.A. 1940 when Arvedui's father Araphant made an alliance with Ondoher. The alliance proved fruitless, however. Neither side could send help to the other as both Kingdoms came under attack: Arnor by Angmar and Gondor by the Wainriders.
During the Disaster of the Morannon, Ondoher and his sons Artamir and Faramir were killed, which meant that according to the Law of Númenor, Fíriel should have become the Ruling Queen. Arvedui referred to this ancient law, as well as the fact that he was a direct descendant of Isildur, as arguments to claim the crown of Gondor, but he was refused.
Fíriel remained with her husband in the north, though her fate in the fall of Arthedain was never recorded. She did have a son, Aranarth, who continued the line of Isildur and Anárion.
However, approximately more than a millennium after her death, the Crown of Gondor finally returned to her descendants at the end of the War of the Ring when her descendant Aragorn son of Arathorn II,  claimed the Crown of Gondor as the King Elessar Telcontar.
Fíriel is Quenya for "mortal woman".
- ↑ In Appendix A, Aranarth is indicated as the elder son of Arvedui, meaning that Arvedui and Fíriel had at least one other son.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", 'Ondohir', p. 201
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age", entry for May 1, 3019, p. 1095
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur", p. 1038
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur", The North-kingdom and the Dúnedain, p. 1043
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"