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Arvedui (TA 1864 - TA 1975) was the son of King Araphant of Arthedain and the last king of the Dúnedain in the north of Middle-earth.


Arvedui came to the throne in TA 1964 at the death of his father. Arvedui married Fíriel, daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor, who was killed in TA 1944. At Ondoher's death, Arvedui sent messages to Gondor claiming the throne as a direct descendant of Isildur, but he was refused: the Men of Gondor appointed general Eärnil as King instead.

Arvedui became King of Arthedain soon after, and in TA 1974 Angmar attacked again, driving the Dúnedain away. Gondor sent help in the form of a great fleet, but it came too late: Arthedain was destroyed, and Arvedui fled to the Ice-bay of Forochel.

Círdan of Lindon sent a ship north to rescue him, and, against the advice of the Snow-men of Forochel, Arvedui boarded it and was drowned.

Arvedui's Ship

Arvedui's ship, frozen in the ice of Forochel.

An army from Gondor under Eärnur managed to destroy Angmar with help of Círdan, but Arthedain and all of Arnor were no more, and the kingship had ended.

Arvedui died in TA 1975 after ruling for eleven years and his son Aranarth became the first of the Chieftains of the Dúnedain.

The prophecy became truth, for Arvedui was indeed the last King of Arnor, and likewise the line of the Kings of Gondor also ended with Earnil's son Eärnur. The realms were not reunited until over a thousand years later, when Aragorn became King Elessar.

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Arvedui was a Sindarin word that meant 'Last king', and he was named so because of a prophesy by Malbeth the Seer.

Preceded by:
King of Arthedain
TA 1964 - TA 1975
Followed by:
None, Kingdom destroyed and rights ceded to the Chieftains of the Dúnedain

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

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