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Artamir was the son of Ondoher, King of Gondor, and elder brother to Faramir and Fíriel.

Biography Edit

Artamir and his siblings were born during perilous years for Gondor. King Ondoher was warned by Forthwini of the Éothéod that the Wainriders were on the move, and soon Gondor was assaulted simultaneously from the East and the South.

In TA 1944 Artamir and Ondoher were the two main leaders of the northern army of Gondor, and led their forces into Ithilien in order to arrive to Dagorlad and expect the enemy from the north or north-east. Unfortunately the enemy not only came quicker than expected, but also directly from the east along the outskirts of the Ered Lithui. The army of Gondor was strung out when the vanguard was struck by a powerful force of mixed cavalry and chariot-borne warriors. The King, Artamir, and most of the King's Guard were annihilated in the attack.

After Artamir's death, the line of succession moved to close  relatives of the House of Anárion. In the battle, not only his brother was slain, but also the King's nephew, Minohtar. Afterwards the throne of Gondor remained vacant and there was struggle on who the throne belonged.

His sister Fíriel was married to Arvedui, son and heir of the northern King of Arthedain.After the marriage,Arvedui asked her to claim the throne. However, the Steward Pelendur and the Council of Gondor selected general Eärnil II, who had crushed the enemies in the Battle of the Camp and saved the realm, to be the next king.[1]

Etymology Edit

The name Artamir comes from Quenya and means "noble jewel". It is made from the words arta, meaning "exalted" or "noble", and mírë, meaning "treasure" or "jewel".[2]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iv): "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  2. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names