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Kings of Arthedain
After King Earendur, Arnor was divided into three
parts for his three
dissenting sons, and they no longer took names in the High-elven form.
The parts were Arthedain, Rhudaur, and Cardolan.
Arthedain, the line of Elendil
was maintained and endured, but perished
from the other two parts. Dissension over the borders caused friction,
especially concerning Amon Sul (Weathertop), whose Tower possessed the
chief palantir of the North, as the other two were already in
During the reign of Malvegil of Arthedain, the
Witch-king rose up in Angmar to the north of the Ettenmoors on both
sides of the mountains, hoping to take advantage of the disunion of
Arnor, as Gondor was strong.
By the time of Malvegil's son, Argeleb, no
other heirs of Isildur remained in the other kingdoms, so the kings of
Arthedain claimed lordship of Arnor,
using the Ar- prefix again as token of this. They could rightfully
claim Gondor as well, although they did not at that time. The
Witch-king unintentionally settled the question of the line of
kingship. Arvedui later brought his rightful claim to the High Kingship
when Gondor was in need of a king, but was rejected. Had the Dunedain
made the choice to take Arvedui's claim to kingship,
they would have had greater peace, a greater realm, and the line of
kings would not have
had to be fostered by Elrond. But they would also have lacked the close
ties to the Elves
that the line of chieftains brought, or the elf blood and longer life
that Arwen eventually brought to the line.
Amlaith of Fornost - eldest son of Earendur, King of
I - claim contested by Rhudaur, which had
been taken over by
Hillmen in league with the Witch-king. Argeleb fortified the Weather
Hills. He died in battle with Rhudaur and Angmar. Died TA 1356
I - son of Argeleb. With aid from Cardolan
and Lindon, he
drove the enemy back from the Hills. Arthedain and Cardolan held the
area for many years. Rivendell was besieged. Angmar came with great
force around Weathertop, defeated the Dunedain, killed Arveleg, and
razed the Tower of Amon Sul. But the Dunedain took the palantir to
Fornost. Rhudaur was occupied by evil men and the few Dunedain killed.
Cardolan was ravaged.
- son of Arveleg. Not full-grown but
valiant. With aid from
Cirdan, he drove away the enemy from Fornost and the North Downs. A
remnant of Cardolan's faithful held out in the Tyrn Gorthad
(Barrowdowns) and in the Forest behind. Angmar was subdued for a time
by elves from Lindon and Rivendell, for Elrond brought help from Lorien
from over the mountains. (The Angle Stoors fled the wars and worsening
climate, south and west, some beside the Gladden where they became
II - 12th king
- 13th king
- 14th king. Made an alliance with King Ondoher of Gondor.
Last-king 15th king. Died TA 2933. End of the North
Kingdom. Beginning of the Chieftains.
Arveduil married Firiel, who brought the
line of Anarion back to the line of Isildur. Malbeth
prophesied to King Araphant:
"Arvedui you shall call him, for he
will be the last in Arthedain. Though a choice shall come to the
Dunedain, and if they take the one that seems less hopeful, then your
son will change his name and become king of a great realm. If not, then
much sorrow and many lives of men shall pass, until the Dunedain arise
and are reunited again."
Appendix A (iv) Gondor and the Heirs of Anarion