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"Arvedui you shall call him, for he will be the last in Arthedain. Though a choice will come to the Dúnedain, and if they take the one that seems less hopeful, then your son will change his name and become king of a great realm. If not, then much sorrow and many lives of men shall pass, until the Dúnedain arise and are united again."
Appendix A: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

Malbeth the Seer was a Dúnadan of Arnor, and a royal counsellor of Arthedain who lived in the time of kings Araphant and Arvedui. Per his name, he was known for his powers of a seer.

Biography

When King Araphant's son was born in TA 1864, he persuaded him to name him Arvedui which meant Last king. He prophesied that either Arvedui would change his name and become king of a great realm or that many lives of men would pass until the same chance arose. This foretold the succession crisis in Gondor, when following the death of King Ondoher in TA 1944, Arvedui unsuccessfully claimed the throne.

He made at least two prophecies, one concerning Arvedui and the other about Aragorn II. He foretold that Arvedui would be the last king until Aragorn and that he would ride the Paths of the Dead.

About Aragorn, he prophesied:

Over the land there lies a long shadow,
westward reaching wings of darkness.
The Tower trembles; to the tomb of kings
doom approaches. The Dead awaken;
for the hour is come for the oathbreakers:
at the Stone of Erech they shall stand again
and hear there a horn in the hills ringing.
Whose shall the horn be? Who shall call them
from the grey twilight, the forgotten people?
The heir of him to whom the oath they swore.
From the North shall he come, need shall drive him:
he shall pass the Door to the Paths of the Dead.[1][2]

Trivia

Malbeth the Seer's name seemingly comes from a student of J.R.R. Tolkien named "Mariel Elizabeth". [3]

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Bulgarian Cyrillic Малбет Ясновидеца
Dutch Malbeth de Ziener
Finnish Malbeth Ennustaja
French Malbeth le Voyant
German Malbeth der Seher
Greek Μάλμπεθ ο Μάντης
Hebrew מאלבת הרואה
Hungarian Malbeth, a Látnok
Indonesian Malbeth sang Peramal
Italian Malbeth il Veggente
Polish Malbeth Jasnowidzący
Romanian Malbeth Văzătorul
Russian Малбет Провидец
Spanish Malbeth el Vidente

References

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter II: "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  2. 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"
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylkHs9kbYcE&lc=UgwgTRib5_h1tTxyO994AaABAg
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