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Gilraen

Gilraen Born of Hope.jpg
Gilraen
Arnorian
Biographical Information
Other namesthe Fair
LocationEriador
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthT.A. 2907
DeathT.A. 3007 (aged 100)
Family
HouseHouse of Isildur
ParentageDírhael and Ivorwen
SpouseArathorn II
ChildrenAragorn
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Gilraen the Fair (T.A. 2907-3007) was a Dúnadan of the North, the daughter of Dírhael and Ivorwen, and a descendant of the first chieftain, Aranarth.

[edit] History

She was born in the year 2907 of the Third Age.[1] She wanted to marry Arathorn II, the Chieftain of the Dúnedain but her father at first did not want her partly because she was at the time younger than customary for marriage, and he also foresaw that Arathorn would have a short life. However, Ivorwen persuaded him in the end, saying that Arathorn's short life was a further incentive to have a quick marriage, so that an heir could be born to be their people's leader. They were married in T.A. 2929.[2] Gilraen's son Aragorn was born in T.A. 2931, but her husband was killed two years later.[1]

She then brought her son to live in Imladris to grow there, as was customary with the Heir of Isildur. She opposed Aragorn's love for Arwen, believing that Arwen's lineage was more noble than his and that Elves and mortals should not intermarry. In T.A. 2954 Gilraen returned to her people in Eriador where she died in 3007,[1] aged one-hundred years.

Her final words to Aragorn were the linnod Ónen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim, meaning "I gave Hope (an obvious reference to her son's nickname) to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself."[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name Gilraen is Sindarin. It contains the frequent element gil "star" and raen "nettled, enlaced". The name means "one adorned with a tressure set with small gems in its network."[3] as she wore a ceremonial headgarb with many jewels.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Aragorn and Elrond have a conversation at a memorial to Gilraen in Rivendell. Elrond suggests that she brought Aragorn to Imladris for safety from pursuit by the forces of evil. Elrond also thinks that Gilraen believed Aragorn would not escape his fate. Her memorial features a statue along with her name and an inscription of her final words written in Tengwar.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Elrond and Aragorn recite Gilraen's final words when Elrond brings the re-forged sword Andúril to Aragorn, with the words possibly taking on a different connotation from their meaning in the book.

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  3. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, pp. 11-13