This article is about the father of Gilraen and grandfather of Aragorn. For the non-canonical son of Talion, see Dirhael.

Dírhael was the grandfather of Aragorn II Elessar and father of Gilraen.


Dírhael was a stern man who found it hard to show his emotions. When Dírhael and Ivorwen lived in the north before Gilraen was born, he and Arador had been close friends and he watched over Arathorn's early years. As a protective father he was resistant to the relationship that started to grow between his daughter and Arathorn. His foresight also told him there was trouble ahead.

He was a descendant of Aranarth, the first Chieftain of the Dúnedain and the husband of Ivorwen. Their daughter Gilraen married Arathorn II, Aragorn's father.[1][2]

Behind the Scenes

In "The Making of Appendix A" in The Peoples of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien describes how his name had once been Dirhoel instead of Dírhael.[3]

Fan Work

Dírhael appeared in the fan-made film, Born of Hope and was played by an actor named Andrew McDonald.


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, IX: "The Making of Appendix A"
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