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Fíriel – “Mortal Maiden”, daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor, wife of Arvedui, the last king of Arthedain. She was the mother of Aranarth, the First Chieftain of the Dúnedain. In 1940 Third Age, Gondor and Arnor renewed contact after a long estrangement and formed an alliance. King Ondoher had his daughter Fíriel marry Prince Arvedui of the North-kingdom (Arnor). In 1944 TA, Ondoher was slain in battle along with his sons during the Wainrider‘s assault on Gondor. Arvedui claimed the throne through his marriage with Fíriel, however it was refused and given to the war hero Eärnil. Fíriel lived with her husband in the north and in 1964 TA, Arvedui’s father died making him the King of Arthedain. In 1974 TA Angmar attacked Arthedain and Fíriel fled with her son Aranarth to Lindon.
After Arvedui died in a shipwreck in 1975 TA, the North-kingdom ended. Their son Aranarth began the line of the Chieftains of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North. The two kingdoms were not reunited until a thousand years later when Aragorn, a descendant of Aranarth, was crowned king. Fíriel’s marriage to Arvedui proved fateful, as it reunited the lines of Isildur and Anárion, which otherwise would have died out because Eärnil’s son had no heir.