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Imrahil is an Adûnaic name of unknown meaning


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Princes of Dol Amroth

The Prince of Dol Amroth at the time of the War of the Ring, who fought at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and marched on Mordor with the host of Aragorn II Elessar.



Biographical information about Imrahil is quite limited in the canonical sources, and some of that shown here comes from Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth and, especially, The Peoples of Middle-earth (The History of Middle-earth volume XII, I VII The Line of Dol Amroth). This represents a draft of the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings, and contains extensive information that did not appear in the published version.

The dates of Imrahil's birth and death, and the details of his elder sister Ivriniel, or his three children Elphir (who himself became Prince of Dol Amroth), Erchirion and Amrothos are not mentioned outside this source. Although they are entirely consistent with the published texts, they cannot therefore be considered fully reliable.


The line of the Princes of Dol Amroth, though they were certainly Men, in fact claimed a measure of Elvish blood. It was said that the first Prince, Galador, was half-elven: his father was Imrazôr the Númenórean, but his mother was an Elf-maid, Mithrellas. Imrahil was Galador's direct descendant through twenty-one generations, and so could himself claim distant descent from Mithrellas.

According to legend, Mithrellas was a companion of Nimrodel, who became lost in the woodlands of Belfalas, and was taken in by Imrazôr. As far as they go, these details match the established history of Nimrodel's journey. Though Tolkien presents this story as a tradition rather than a fact, it's notable that Legolas immediately detected Imrahil's Elvish descent, and so the story of Imrazôr and Mithrellas must contain at least a kernel of truth.


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