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The Princes of Dol Amroth was a noble title of the Kingdom of Gondor, held by those directly governing the principality of Dol Amroth under the rule of Gondor.

Early history

According to ancient traditions, the Princes of Dol Amroth were descended from a family of Faithful from Númenor who had ruled over the land of Belfalas since the Second Age. This family of Númenóreans were akin to the Lords of Andúnië, and thus related to Elendil and descended from the House of Elros.[1] After the Downfall of Númenor they had been given the title Prince of Belfalas by Elendil[2] and their land, now a fief of Gondor, was called Dor-en-Ernil. The hereditary Princes of Belfalas later founded the city of Dol Amroth and became the Princes of Dol Amroth. One of those princes, Adrahil, fought under King Ondoher against the Wainriders.[3]

While the House of Dol Amroth had links to the House of Anárion and were the most powerful nobles in the Kingdom, they did not have a claim to the throne that all would accept. Therefore they remained loyal to the Stewards of Gondor, the representatives of the ancient crown.

One branch of their descendants removed to Lossarnach.[4] Morwen Steelsheen, a daughter of that family, married Thengel of Rohan. Through Morwen, both Thengel's heir Théoden and his grandson Éomer carried the blood of the ancient Princes of Belfalas.

Line of Princes

The line of Dol Amroth was linked by marriage both to the Stewards of Gondor and to the Kings of Rohan: Imrahil was uncle to Boromir and Faramir;[5] a kinsman of Théoden;[6] and the father of Éomer's wife Lothíriel.[7]

Here follows a list of the line of Princes of Dol Amroth. All dates are Third Age, but many names are not known, only dates of birth and death.

The Princes of Belfalas
1 Adrahil I, Prince of Belfalas: fl. TA 1944
2 Imrazôr the Númenórean, Prince of Belfalas (TA 1950 - TA 2076)


The Princes of Dol Amroth
1 Galador, first Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2004 - TA 2129
2 Second Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2060 - TA 2206
3 Third Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2120 - TA 2254
4 Fourth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2172 - TA 2299
5 Fifth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2225 - TA 2348
6 Sixth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2274 - TA 2400
7 Seventh Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2324 - TA 2458
8 Eighth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2373 - TA 2498
9 Ninth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2418 - TA 2540
10 Tenth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2463 - TA 2582
11 Eleventh Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2505 - TA 2623
12 Twelfth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2546 - TA 2660
13 Thirteenth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2588 - TA 2701
14 Fourteenth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2627 - TA 2733
15 Fifteenth Prince of Dol Amroth, slain by Corsairs of Umbar TA 2671 - TA 2746
16 Sixteenth Prince of Dol Amroth, slain in battle TA 2709 - TA 2799
17 Seventeenth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2746 - TA 2859
18 Eighteenth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2785 - TA 2785
19 Aglahad, nineteenth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2827 - TA 2932
20 Angelimir, twentieth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2866 - TA 2977
21 Adrahil II, twenty-first Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2917 - TA 3010
22 Imrahil, twenty-second Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2955 - FO 34
23 Elphir, twenty-third Prince of Dol Amroth TA 2987 - FO 66
24 Alphros, twenty-fourth Prince of Dol Amroth TA 3017 - FO 94

Origin

Tolkien gives two differing accounts of the origin of Imrahil's line, both in Unfinished Tales.

In the earlier account[8], the line was founded, according to "the tradition of [the] house", by Imrazôr the Númenórean and the Silvan Elf Mithrellas, one of Nimrodel's companions. Imrazôr lived in Belfalas around TA 2000 and had two Half-elven children: a boy Galador and a girl Gilmith. Shortly thereafter Mithrellas is said to have vanished in the night. Galador, according to this tradition, became the first Prince of Dol Amroth.

Although this account does not appear explicitly in The Lord of the Rings, it figures in the perception of Imrahil by the people of Minas Tirith: "Belike the old tales speak well; there is Elvish blood in the veins of that folk, for the people of Nimrodel dwelt in that land once long ago",[9] as well as in the accolade from Legolas upon meeting Imrahil: "It is long since the people of Nimrodel left the woodlands of Lórien, and yet still one may see that not all sailed from Amroth's haven west over water."[10] Tolkien began, in fact, to work out a genealogical table[11] linking Galador with Imrahil, but he abandoned it after getting little farther than assigning dates to the mostly blank spaces in between.

The second account[12] belongs, according to Christopher Tolkien[13] to the late writings, undertaken well after the publication of The Lord of the Rings, when Tolkien turned to explore the early history of Gondor and Rohan. Here Tolkien says that the title of "Prince" was given to the line of Dol Amroth by Elendil himself; this was the family that had led the original Númenórean colonization. Adrahil of Dol Amroth, who fought with Calimehtar against the Wainriders[14] in TA 1944 (predating both Imrazôr and the death of Amroth), probably also belongs to this version.

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Prinse van Dol Amroth
Arabic دول أمروث أمراء
Aragonese Prencipes de Dol Amroth
Armenian Դոլ Ամրոտի Իշխանները
Azerbaijani Dol Amroth Prenslər
Basque Dol Amrothko printzeak
Belarusian Cyrillic Дол Амрот князёў
Breton Priñsed Dol Amroth
Bulgarian Cyrillic Принцовете на Дол Акрот
Catalan Prínceps de Dol Àmroth
Croatian Dol Amroth prinčevi
Czech Knížata z Dol Amroth
Danish Fyrster af Dol Amroth
Dutch Prinsen van Dol Amroth
Estonian Dol Amroth riigivürstid
Finnish Dol Amrothin suuriruhtinaat
French Princes de Dol Amroth
Frisian Prinsen fan Dol Amroth (Western)
Galician Príncipes de Dol Amroth
Georgian დოლ ამროთი პრინცების
German Fürsten von Dol Amroth
Greek Πρίγκιπες του Nτολ Αμροθ
Gujarati ડોલ અમરોથ રાજકુંવરો
Hebrew נסיכי דול אמרות
Hindi डोल अमरोथ के राजकुमारों
Hungarian Dol Amroth hercegei
Indonesian Pangeran-pangeran Dol Amroth
Italian Principi di Dol Amroth
Japanese ドル・アムロス プリンシス
Korean 돌 암라스 왕자
Latin Princeps Dol Amroth
Latvian Dol Amroth prinči
Lithuanian Dol Amroth princai
Malaysian Putera-putera Dol Amroth
Macedonian Cyrillic Принцови од Дол Амрот
Norwegian Fyrster av Dol Amroth
Old English Dol Amroth Þēodnas
Persian دول آمروت شاهزادگان
Polish Książęta Dol Amroth
Portuguese Príncipes de Dol Amroth
Romanian Prinți de Dol Amroth
Russian Принцы Дол Амрот
Slovak Kniežat z Dol Amrothu
Spanish Príncipes de Dol Amroth
Swedish Prinsar av Dol Amroth
Turkish Dol Amroth Prensler
Turkmen Dol Amroth Şazadalar
Ukrainian Cyrillic Князів Дол-Амрот
Vietnamese Hoàng tử các Dol Amroth
Welsh Tywysogion Dol Amroth

References

  1. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  2. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", note 39
  3. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", note 39
  4. Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Stewards", pg. 336
  6. Unfinished Tales, "Disaster of the Gladden Fields", pg. 286
  7. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", pg. 352
  8. Unfinished Tales, "History of Galadriel and Celeborn", pg. 248
  9. The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor", pg. 98
  10. The Return of the King, Book Five, "The Last Debate", pg. 148
  11. The table is reproduced in The History of Middle-earth, Vol XII, "The Heirs of Elendil", pgs. 222-23
  12. Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl", pg. 304, pg. 316, note 39
  13. Unfinished Tales, "Introduction", pg. 10
  14. Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl", pgs. 293-94
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