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Celepharn

The fourth King of Arthedain

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Kings of Arthedain

The son of Mallor and great-grandson of Amlaith of Fornost, the founder of Arthedain. He ruled Arthedain early in the second millennium of the Third Age, at a time when the South-kingdom of Gondor was at the height of its power (the great Atanatar Alcarin became King of Gondor during Celepharn's rule in the north).

The first Hobbits had been seen in Eriador in the reign of Celepharn's father Mallor. During his own reign, though, their numbers increased as the growing darkness in Mirkwood drove them westward out of Rhovanion. Fallohides and Stoors crossed the Misty Mountains at this time, joining the Harfoots who had been living in the west for a century or more.

Celepharn ruled Arthedain for eighty-one years, and was succeeded by his son Celebrindor.


Notes

1

The date of Celepharn's birth appears only in The History of Middle-earth volume 12, The Peoples of Middle-earth. It cannot therefore be considered completely reliable.

2

Celepharn's name apparently (though not certainly) includes a variant of celeb, 'silver'; the second element of his name is somewhat obscure, but may be a form of Sindarin farn, 'sufficient, enough'. On this interpretation, the name Celepharn would mean 'sufficient silver', presumably a reference to his wealth, or an indication that he was not a greedy King.

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