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Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Arthedain
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthT.A. 1391
RuleT.A. 1409 - 1589
DeathT.A. 1589 (aged 198)
HouseHouse of Isildur
ParentageArveleg I
ChildrenArgeleb II
Physical Description

Araphor (T.A. 1391[1] - 1589,[2] died aged 198) was the ninth king of Arthedain, succeeding his father, Arveleg I, upon his death in 1409.

[edit] History

Araphor was only eighteen years old when he came to the throne of Arthedain because his father was killed in battle in the defence of Amon Sûl. Although young, Araphor was valiant and he avenged his father by repelling the enemy from Fornost and the North Downs with the aid of Círdan of Lindon. The remnant faithful of the Dúnedain in Cardolan also helped repel the enemy from the Tyrn Gorthad, or took refuge in the forest behind.

It was during the wars with Angmar, and the reign of Araphor, that the Stoors living in the Angle (between the rivers Hoarwell and Loudwater) continued to move west and south away from Rhudaur out of dread. Some of the Stoors went back over the Misty Mountains to dwell beside the Gladden become the fisherfolk from which Sméagol and Déagol descended.[3]

Also during Araphor's rule, there were many problems in Gondor including the Kin-strife, the burning of Osgiliath (and the loss of its palantír), and wars with the people of Harad and Umbar.[4]

Araphor ruled for 180 years - the second-longest ruler of the Northern Line (after Valandil) - and was succeeded by his son, Argeleb II, upon his death in 1589.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Araphor is a Sindarin name. Its meaning is not glossed, but the Association Tolkiendil suggests it means "Royal Fist" and is a combination of aran ("king", "lord", "chief", [lit.] hight or noble person) and the nasal mutation phor of paur ("fist").[5][6]

[edit] Genealogy

Argeleb I
1226 - 1356
Arveleg I
1309 - 1409
1391 - 1589
Argeleb II
1473 - 1670
1553 - 1743


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. 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. 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", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  5. Association Tolkiendil, "Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth", Tolkiendil (accessed 3 February 2022)
  6. Paul Strack, "S. Araphor m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 3 February 2022)
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 1391 Died: T.A. 1589
Preceded by:
Arveleg I
17th Heir of Isildur
T.A. 1409 - 1589
Followed by:
Argeleb II
9th King of Arthedain
T.A. 1409 - 1589