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Arvedui was the fifteenth and last King of Arthedain.

Biography

Arvedui was the son of King Araphant, and came to the throne in TA 1964 at the death of his father. Arvedui married Fíriel, daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor, who was killed in TA 1944. At Ondoher's death, Arvedui sent messages to Gondor claiming the throne as a direct descendant of Isildur, but he was refused: the Men of Gondor appointed the general Eärnil (a descendant of Anárion) as King instead. Arvedui became King of Arthedain twenty years after, and in TA 1974 Angmar attacked again and captured Fornost. Gondor sent help in the form of a great fleet, but it came too late: Arthedain was destroyed, and Arvedui fled north to the Blue Mountains.

After several months spent hiding in old Dwarf mines, Arvedui was driven by hunger to the Icebay of Forochel. Círdan of Lindon sent a ship north to rescue him, and, against the advice of the Snowmen of Forochel, Arvedui boarded it and was drowned in a storm. Two of the Northern palantíri were lost in the shipwreck, but the Ring of Barahir was spared as Arvedui had loaned it to the Lossoth in gratitude for their aid.

Arvedui's ship, frozen in the ice of Forochel.

The army from Gondor under Eärnur managed to destroy Angmar with help of Círdan, but Arthedain and all of Arnor were no more, and the kingship had ended. Arvedui died in TA 1975 after ruling for ten years and his son Aranarth became the first of the Chieftains of the Dúnedain.[1]

Thus the prophecy became the truth, for Arvedui was indeed the last King of Arnor, and likewise the line of the Kings of Gondor also ended with Earnil's son Eärnur. The realms were not reunited until over a thousand years later, when Aragorn II became King Elessar. Arvedui's claim was never forgotten by his descendants, though it would be centuries before Aragorn invoked the claim.[2]

Etymology

Arvedui means "Last King", from the Sindarin words ar(a) ("king, high, noble") and vedui as a mutated (lenited) form of medui ("last").[3] He was named so because of a prophesy by Malbeth the Seer.[4]

Portrayal in adaptations

Shade of Arvedui in The Lord of the Rings Online

In The Lord of the Rings Online, in his last moments, Arvedui despaired and cursed himself for his pride in ignoring the warning of the Lossoth. Because of this, his shade remained lingering at the wreck of the ship Thoroval in the ice near the western coast of the Icebay. During the War of the Ring, the shade of Arvedui is discovered by the player in search for the artifact carried by one of the Elves aboard the vessel. At Arvedui's request, the player recovers a book of heraldry that had been left in the Dwarf-mines the Last King had hidden in, and delivers the book to the Ranger Lothrandir. Elrond urges the player to look for a way to help Arvedui to move on, and together with Arvedui's help, Lothrandir and the player uncover and stop a plan of Angmarim in Forochel. In the process, Arvedui learns that an heir of his line still lives and is working towards reclaiming the throne of Gondor and reuniting the two Kingdoms. This knowledge brings Arvedui peace and he feels that he will be able to finally depart Middle-earth upon Aragorn's coronation.


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Araphor
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Arvedui
   
   
Fíriel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Aragorn II Elessar
   
   
   
   
   
   
Arwen Evenstar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eldarion
   
   
   
   
   
   
Daughters


Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓርቨዱኢ
Arabic أرفيدوي
Armenian Արվեդուի
Belarusian Cyrillic Арведуі
Bengali আরভেদই
Bulgarian Cyrillic Арведуи
Catalan Àrvedui
Chinese (Simplified) 亞帆都
Georgian არვედუი
Greek Αρβεντούι
Gujarati આર્વેદુઇ
Hebrew ארוודואי
Hindi आर्वेदुइ
Japanese アルヴェドゥイ
Kannada ಅರ್ವೆಡುಯಿ
Kazakh Арведұі (Cyrillic) Arvedui (Latin)
Korean 아르베두이
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Арвэдуи
Macedonian Cyrillic Арведуи
Marathi आर्वेदुइ
Mongolian Cyrillic Арведуи
Nepalese आर्वेदुइ
Pashto آروېدوی ?
Persian آرودوئی ?
Punjabi ਅਰਵੇਦੁਈ
Russian Арведуи
Sanskrit आर्वेदुइ
Serbian Арведуи (Cyrillic) Arvedui (Latin)
Sinhalese ආර්වෙදුඉ
Tajik Cyrillic Арведуи
Tamil ஆர்வெதுஇ
Telugu ఆర్వెదుఇ
Thai อาร์เวดุย
Ukrainian Cyrillic Арведуі
Urdu اروےدوی
Uzbek Арведуи (Cyrillic) Arvedui (Latin)
Yiddish אַרוועדוי
King of Arthedain
Preceded by
Araphant
Arvedui Succeeded by
None, kingdom destroyed and rights ceded to the Chieftains of the Dúnedain
TA 1964 - TA 1974


High Kings of Arnor & Kings of Arthedain
Arnor ElendilIsildurValandilEldacarArantarTarcilTarondorValandurElendurEärendur
Arthedain AmlaithBelegMallorCelepharnCelebrindorMalvegilArgeleb IArveleg IAraphorArgeleb IIArvegilArveleg IIAravalAraphantArvedui
Reunited Kingdom Aragorn II ElessarEldarion


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), The Third Age
  3. Parma Eldalamberon 17, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, IX: "The Making of Appendix A"
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