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The Chieftain of the Dúnedain was a title taken by the Heirs of Isildur after the loss of the kingdom of Arthedain; sixteen lords of Men, from Aranarth (elder son of Arvedui, last King of Arthedain) to Aragorn II Elessar. The title was a hereditary one.

HistoryEdit

The title was created following the final destruction of Arthedain in TA 1974 by the Witch-king of Angmar. The heir to the throne of Arthedain, Aranarth son of Arvedui, in TA 1976 chose not to claim the kingship and instead ruled the remnants of his people as Chieftain.[1] The Chieftains were raised in Rivendell, where the heirlooms of the House of Isildur, were also kept.

They were descendants of Isildur through the Kings of Arthedain[2] and Anárion through Fíriel;[3] as such they regarded themselves as the legitimate heirs to both Arnor and Gondor. The Chieftains continued to take the kingly prefix of ar(a)-, to signify their royal heritage and their right to rule Arnor. When the line of Anárion failed, the Chieftains considered themselves the heirs of Anárion through their ancestor Fíriel; none of the Chieftains ever forgot Arvedui's claim to the throne.[4]

The people of Arthedain became known as the Rangers of the North, a wandering people quite content with living in secret. Due to the destruction of Angmar, and the Watchful Peace, which followed after Wizard Gandalf and the White Council drove Sauron out of Dol Guldur, there was little evil in Eriador and attacks by the enemy were few and far between.

It is notable that most of the Chieftains lived out their full life-span and their longevity did not decrease as much as that of the Men of Gondor.[5]

Aragorn II, became the last Chieftain of the Dúnedain when he reclaimed the title of High King of the Reunited Kingdom.

See AlsoEdit

For the family tree of the Chieftains, as well as that of the Kings of Arnor and Arthedain.

List of the ChieftainsEdit

Chieftains of the Dúnedain (TA 1975 - TA 3019)
1 Aranarth, son of Arvedui last King of Arnor/King of Arthedain TA 1975 - TA 2106
2 Arahael, son of Aranarth TA 2106 - TA 2177
3 Aranuir, son of Arahael TA 2177 - TA 2247
4 Aravir, son of Aranuir TA 2247- TA 2319
5 Aragorn I, son of Aravir TA 2319 - TA 2327
6 Araglas, son of Aragorn I TA 2327 - TA 2455
7 Arahad I, son of Araglas TA 2455 - TA 2523
8 Aragost, son of Arahad I TA 2523 - TA 2588
9 Aravorn, son of Aragost TA 2588- TA 2654
10 Arahad II, son of Aravorn TA 2654- TA 2719
11 Arassuil, son of Arahad II TA 2719 - TA 2784
12 Arathorn I, son of Arassuil TA 2784 - TA 2848
13 Argonui, son of Arathorn I TA 2848 - TA 2912
14 Arador, son of Argonui TA 2912 - TA 2930
15 Arathorn II, son of Arador TA 2930 - TA 2933
16 Aragorn II (Elessar), son of Arathorn II and last Chieftain of the Dúnedain TA 2933 - TA 3019


Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Opperhoof van die Dúnedain
Albanian Shefi i Dúnedain
Arabic زعيم الدنداين
Armenian Դունեդաին Գլխավորը
Basque Dúnedainen buruzagia
Belarusian Cyrillic Правадыр Дунэдайн
Bengali ডুনেদাইন সর্দার
Bosnian Poglavar dúnedaina
Bulgarian Cyrillic Вожд на Дунеданци
Catalan Capitan dels Dúnedain
Cebuano Ang Pangulo sa Dúnedain
Chichewa Mtsogoleri wa Dúnedain
Chinese 杜内丹的酋长
Croatian Poglavar Dúnedaina
Czech Náčelník Dúnadani
Danish Høvding af den Dúnedain
Dutch Hoofd van de Dúnedain
Esperanto ĉefo de la Dúnedain
Estonian Dúnedaini juhataja
Fijian Iliuliu ni na Dúnedain
Filipino Pinuno ng Dúnedain
Finnish Dúnedainin päämiehet
French Chef des Dúnedain
Frisian Haadling fan de Dúnedain
Galician Xefe dos Dúnedain
Georgian დუნდელენის თავდამსხმელი
German Stammesführer der Dúnedain
Greek Οπλαρχηγός από τα Ντουνεντάιν
Haitian Creole Lidè de a Dúnedain
Hausa Cif na Dúnedain
Hebrew רֹאשׁ שֶׁבֶט מהדונאדאין
Hindi ड्यूनडैन के मुखिया
Hmong Thawj coj ntawm lub Dúnedain
Hungarian A Dúnadanok főnöke
Icelandic Höfðingi af Dúnedain
Indonesian Kepala suku dari Dúnedain
Irish Gaelic Taiseach an Dúnedain
Italian Capitani dei Dúnedain
Japanese ドゥネダインの族長
Kannada ಡ್ಯುನೆಡಿನ್ ನ ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥ
Kazakh Cyrillic Дұнедаін бастықтары
Kurdish Çiftain wekî we Dúnedain (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Дунэдаин башчысы
Laotian ຫົວຫນ້າເຜົ່າຂອງດນເດະິນ
Latin Dux de Dúnedain
Latvian Virsaitis Dúnedain
Lithuanian Dúnedaino kunigaikštis
Luxembuorgish Cheftain vun den Dúnedain
Macedonian Cyrillic Шефот на Дунедаин
Malagasy Mpitarika amin'ny Dúnedain
Malay Ketua Dúnedain
Maori Rangatira o te Dúnedain
Marathi ड्यूडेनइन मधील सरदार
Mongolian Cyrillic Дунэдаин удирдагч
Norwegian Høvdingen av den Dúnedain
Persian رئیس دونداین
Polish Wodz Dúnedainów
Portuguese Chefe dos Dúnedain
Punjabi ਡੁਡਡੇਨ ਦਾ ਮੁਖੀ
Romanian Căpitanul Dúnedain
Russian Вождь дунэдайн
Samoan Taitai o le Dúnedain
Serbian Шеф Дунедаин (Cyrillic) Poglavica Dunedaina (Latin)
Scottish Gaelic Ceann-cinnidh nan Dúnedain
Sinhalese ඩුනේඩේන් ප්රධානියා
Slovak Náčelník Dúnedain
Slovenian Vodja Dúnedaina
Somalian Yaabbaa oo ka mid ah Dúnedain
Spanish Capitane de los Dúnedain
Swahili Mtawala wa Dúnedain
Swedish Hövdingen av den Dúnedain
Tajik Cyrillic Пешво аз Дунедаин
Tamil டூனைடெ தலைவன் ?
Telugu డునెదైన నాయకుడు
Thai หัวหน้าเผ่าของการดูเนไดน์
Tongan Ko e taki 'o e Dúnedain
Turkish Kabile reisi Dúnedain
Ukrainian Cyrillic Вожді Дунедайн
Urdu کے رہنما دنیداان
Uzbek Дуннедаиннинг бошлиғи (Cyrillic) Dunnedainning boshlig'i (Latin)
Vietnamese Trưởng của Dúnedain
Welsh Pennaeth y Dúnedain
Xhosa OyiNtloko yeDúnedain
Yiddish טשיעפטאַין פון די דונעדאַין ?

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VIII: "The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
  5. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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