of Arthedain > Arvedui
Arvedui was a dunadan and the fifteenth, and last
Arthedain. When he was born, Malbeth
the Seer foretold he would
be the last, so his father, Araphant
, gave him the name Arvedui, meaning 'king-last'.
In 1944 when Ondoher, King of Gondor, and both his
sons died, Arvedui
made a claim for the kingship of the Reunited Kingdom. This claim
was rejected and the kingship was given to Earnil.
When attacks from Angmar started to happen in Arnor,
aid to Arvedui. Before the fleet arrived though, the Witch-king
took Fornost. Arvedui held the northdowns but soon, he was forced
to flee north and Arthedain was overrun.
Arvedui's sons had been sent to Cirdan in Lindon,
and when Cirdan was
told that Arvedui was in the north, he sent ships to find him.
Meanwhile, Arvedui and his guard soon found the
Snowmen of Forochel who
gave him food and aid. They were reluctant though, for they were
afraid of the Witch-king. Eventually, they were persuaded by the
King and his men's weapons.
When the ship arrived, the snowmen were scared and
not mount this sea monster!" they said, "You may stay here till the
Witch-king goes home. For in summer his power wanes; but now his
breath is deadly, and his cold arm is long."
Unfortunately, Arvedui did not heed this counsel and
left after he gave
the chief of Lossoth the ancient ring of Barahir.
On the way back to Lindon, the ship hit ice and it
Arvedui, and with him went the palantir of Annuminas and Amon Sul.
Arvedui's sons, Aranarth and Arahael started the
line of the Chieftains
of the Dunedain. Aranarth
became the first
became the second.
References: The Return of the King