The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Prince Imrahil Character Analysis

Prince Imrahil is the Prince of Dol Amroth, an ally to Minas Tirith. Imrahil comes to Faramir’s aid in the retreat from Osgiliath, and later leads his troops into battle after the arrival of the Rohirrim. He takes command of Minas Tirith in the final days of war, and when Aragorn musters an army for the march on the Black Gate, Imrahil ensures that enough troops are left behind to defend Minas Tirith. This proves his loyalty to Gondor and highlights his skill for strategic thinking, even in the most hopeless situation.
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Prince Imrahil Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Prince Imrahil appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5, Chapter 1 
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Several more companies of soldiers arrive at the gate, including that of Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth, a relative of Denethor. Once all the arriving parties have entered... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 4
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Faramir finally appears at the rear of the company, carried by Prince Imrahil: he’s been wounded by a deadly dart. The Prince brings Faramir to Denethor. Denethor learns... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 6
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Rain begins to fall. Prince Imrahil rides out to greet the knights and weeps over Théoden’s body, but notices that Éowyn... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 7
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...the battle will die without his help. Nevertheless, he goes with Pippin and tells Prince Imrahil to take command. Pippin and Gandalf ride up to the entrance to the tombs. As... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 8
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Aragorn, Éomer, and Imrahil reach the city gate. Aragorn decides not to enter the city: he believes Denethor to... (full context)
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...Faramir, who is the new Steward of Gondor, is sick with poison from the dart. Imrahil asks who will lead the city while Faramir is sick. A cloaked man next to... (full context)
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...at the door when he sees Aragorn, and he greets him with joy and surprise. Imrahil is surprised to hear Aragorn being called “Strider,” and Aragorn tells him that the high... (full context)
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...returning to his tent outside the city walls to rest. When the banner of Prince Imrahil is raised the next morning, the people of the city wonder if their sight of... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 9
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In the morning, Gimli and Legolas bring a message to Imrahil that Aragorn wants captains to gather at his tent to plan their next move against... (full context)
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Imrahil sends for Éomer and they descend the levels of the city together to meet Aragorn,... (full context)
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...allows the other captains to choose whether to follow. Elrond’s sons agree to the plan. Imrahil does too, but as the acting Steward of Gondor, he reserves a large group of... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 5
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...greets them. Aragorn leads the company of Dúnedain forward, and with them are Éomer, Gandalf, Imrahil, and the four hobbits. Faramir meets them and surrenders his stewardship to Aragorn, but Aragorn... (full context)