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Name definition:  means Starwanderer

Date of Birth: The Third Age 2907

Family: Mother of Aragorn Elessar. Descended from Chieftain Aranarth (III 1975 to III 2106), married Arathorn II (Wed in the year 2929)

Man (Dunedain)

Date of Death: The Third Age 3007

Parents: Father: Dírhael, Mother Ivorwen

Biography: Daughter of Dírhael and Ivorwen. She decided that she would marry Arathorn then heir to the chieftanship but her father greatly objected. He was brought round to the idea by her mother who had the gift of foresight and probably saw the potential of her future grandson.

So Gilraen got to marry her man in III 2929 and they had a fairly peaceful year but then Arador died and Arathorn became chieftan. 

Aragorn was born only one year later.

In III 2933 Arathorn died whilst hunting orcs leaving Gilraen to cope alone with a two yr old boy, who was in fact the new cheiftan, in a hostile world. She decided the safest palce for them both was in Imladris.  So she took Aragorn on the long journey to Imladris. Once there Gilraen gave her son to Elrond to foster.

After a few years Gilraen took leave of Elrond and returned to her own people in Eriador, and lived alone; and she seldom saw her son again, for he spent many years in far countries. But on a time, when Aragorn had returned to the North, he came to her, and she said to him before he went:

"This is our last parting, Estel, my son. I am aged by care, even as one of lesser Men; and now that it draws near I cannot face the darkness of our time that gathers upon Middle-earth. I shall leave it soon."

Aragorn tried to comfort her, saying: "Yet there may be a light beyond the darkness; and if so, I would have you see it and be glad."

But she answered only with this linnod:

    Onen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim
    Translation: I gave Hope to the Dunedain, I have kept no hope for myself.

and Aragorn went away heavy of heart. Gilraen died before the next spring.

She died at the age of 100 and is buried at Imladris.


  Dírhael Ivorwen
Arathorn II GILRAEN  
  Aragorn II    

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