- This article is about the Queen of Arnor. For the grand-daughter of Samwise Gamgee, see Fíriel Fairbairn.
Fíriel was the only daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor. She had two brothers, Artamir and Faramir, who were both future heirs to the northern kingdom of Arthedain. Fíriel was wedded to Prince Arvedui of Arnor in TA 1940 during a time when Arvedui's father Araphant made an alliance with Ondoher. They had one son named Aranarth. The alliance came to nothing and was a failure because both of the Mannish Kingdoms were under attack: Arnor by Angmar under the Witch-king, and Gondor by the Wainriders from the East.
During the Battle of the Camp, Ondoher lost both of his sons Artamir and Faramir, and this meant that according to the Law of Númenor, Fíriel was now the Ruling Queen of Arnor. Arvedui used this to his advantage, as well as the fact that he was a direct descendant of the Númenórean nobleman Isildur. He used this argument to claim the crown of Gondor in an attempt to unite the Two Kingdoms, but this was refused by Gondor.
Fíriel remained with her husband in Arthedain, and when the kingdom fell to Angmar in TA 1974 after the Battle of Fornost, she probably fled with her son Aranarth to Lindon. Her son continued the Line of Isildur as first Chieftain of the Dúnedain in secret in the wild forests of Eriador. Her fate after her exile was not recorded but she certainly died.
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth: The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings: Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
- ↑ The Complete Guide to Middle-earth