Araphant was the son and heir of King Araval of Arthedain and he came to the throne in TA 1891 at the death of his father. It was during his reign that the famous prophet Malbeth the Seer made his prediction regarding the fate of his son Arvedui.
Araphant continued his father's policy of renewing contact with Gondor, and he forged an alliance with Gondor's King Ondoher, leading to a marriage between Ondoher's daughter Fíriel and Araphant's son Arvedui. Four years later King Ondoher died by an attack of the Wainriders, and Araphant's son Arvedui made a claim for the throne of Gondor by right of his blood connection to Isildur, and his wife Fíriel, who by the laws of Númenor should have become the Ruling Queen. This claim was denied, and the the kingship of Gondor passed to Eärnil II.
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The name Araphant came from Sindarin and translated literally would mean "full king", but was likely to have intended to mean "king of all". It is made from the words ara, meaning "king", and pant, meaning "all". ref>The Complete Guide to Middle-earth</ref>
|Kings of Arnor & Kings of Arthedain|
|Arnor:||Elendil | Isildur | Valandil | Eldacar | Arantar | Tarcil | Tarondor | Valandur | Elendur | Eärendur|
|Restoration Period:||Aragorn II Elessar | Eldarion|
|Arthedain:||Amlaith | Beleg | Mallor | Celepharn | Celebrindor | Malvegil | Argeleb I | Arveleg I | Araphor | Argeleb II | Arvegil | Arveleg II | Araval | Araphant | Arvedui|
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth: The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil" pg. 195
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings: Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"