II index > Arathorn II
Arathorn II, son of Arador, was the father of the King of the Reunited Kingdom, Aragorn
II Elessar. But that is not the
only thing he is known for.
He was the fifteenth Chieftain of the Dunedain, and ruled the
shortest. When he had become the Chieftain in 2930 (His father
was killed by hill-trolls) he only had enough time to produce his child
and heir, Aragorn II, before he was shot through the eye while hunting
the orcs as his great-great-grandfather, Arassuil
, had first done when the came into Eriador.
Before his death, he married Gilraen
the Fair, who was only half his age. The marriage was opposed by
Gilraen's father, Dirhael, who was a descendant of Aranarth himself.
'"Moreover," he said, "Arathorn is a stern man of
full age, and will be chieftain sooner than men looked for; yet my
heart forbodes that he will be shortlived."
Arathorn died at sixty years old, and his son, Aragorn II, became the
chieftain at age two.
Reference: The Return of the King