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Argeleb I

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This article is about the seventh King of Arthedain. For the tenth King, see Argeleb II.
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Argeleb I
Arnorian
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Arthedain
BirthT.A. 1226
RuleT.A. 1349 - 1356
DeathT.A. 1356
Family
ParentageMalvegil
ChildrenArveleg I
Physical Description
GenderMale

Argeleb I (T.A. 1226[1] - 1356,[2] died aged 130) was the seventh king of Arthedain, succeeding his father, Malvegil, upon his death in 1349.

History

By the time Argeleb came to power, the line of kings had failed in the kingdoms of Cardolan and Rhudaur, so Argeleb claimed sovereignty over all of Arnor[3] (taking the royal prefix ar(a)- as a token of this[4]). He was thus not only the seventh King of Arthedain, but also the seventeenth King of Arnor. Cardolan accepted this rule, but by then Rhudaur had fallen under the control of Angmar, and resisted his claim. In response, Argeleb fortified the hills, but he was killed in T.A. 1356 fighting evil men from Rhudaur and Angmar.[3]

It was about this time that the remaining Stoors in the Angle left the area due to hostile nature of Rhudaur. They either returned to Wilderland or went westwards like other hobbits.[5]

Argeleb ruled for only seven years, and was succeeded by his son, Arveleg I, upon his death in T.A. 1356.[2]

Etymology

Argeleb's name is Sindarin for "Silver King" from ar meaning "royal", and celeb (becoming lenited to geleb) meaning "silver".

Genealogy

Isildur
 
 
 
 
Malvegil
 
 
 
 
ARGELEB I
 
 
 
 
Arveleg I
 
 
 
 
Araphor

Portrayal in Adaptations

2006: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II:

In the Angmar campaign of the expansion pack The Rise of the Witch-king, Argeleb comes to the aid of the struggling kingdom of Rhudaur. He arrives from the North after the player destroys the first of two fortresses, and has to be defeated for the level to pass.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 194
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur", note 4
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
Preceded by:
Malvegil
7th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1349 - 1356
Followed by:
Arveleg I