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Arvedui

Meaning: last king

Location(s): Arnor

Race/Species: Man

Type/Kind: Dunadan of the North

Title(s): 15th King of Arthedain

Dates: died III 1975

Parents:
Araphant, 14th King of Arthedain

Spouse:
Fíriel, daughter of Ondoher, King of Gondor

Children:
Aranarth, 1st Chieftain of the Dúnedain
other unnamed sons

Description:
Arvedui was indeed the last king, as his name signifies. It is said that this name was given to him at his birth by Malbeth the Seer, who said to his father: 'Arvedui you shall call him, for he will be the last in Arthedain.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

History:

[1940]
Arvedui weds Fíriel, daughter of Ondoher of Gondor.

[1944]
Arvedui claims the crown of Gondor. Arvedui's claim is rejected.

[1968]
Death of King Araphant. Arvedui becomes King of Arnor.

[1974]
End of the North-kingdom. Arvedui takes refuge with the Lossoth.

[1975]
Arvedui drowned in the Bay of Forochel.


Note: There is a textual discrepancy as to the date of Arvedui's death. In the 1978 edition of RotK, Appendix A gave the date as 1974, while Appendix B had it as 1975. In current editions they both read 1975. Peoples of Middle-earth, HoMe 12, gives it as 1974 in several places, and p 195 has 1974, followed by 1975 in parentheses.

Contributors:
fliewatuet, 22Nov04
Note added 20Mar05 Lyllyn

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