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Hi Naira and welcome to the site.

Imrahil has always been one of my favourite characters. He's everything you expect in a hero; brave, sensible, intelligent, loyal, wise etc. I think as Prince of Dor-en-Ernil he was an ideal ruler of one of Gondor's provences, down to earth and wise.

Like you said, it was Imrahil's cavalry that rescued the survivors from Osgiliath, and Imrahil who personally saved Faramir. After the death of Denethor he for a short while ruled Gondor and was rightly one of the Captains of the West.
I'm not really sure I would say he was underrated because he was given the above acolades. If anything, though, I'd perhaps say there was not enough written about him... for someone as powerful as he was, he didn't feature prominently in the book. There again, as he wasn't a member of the fellowship, he wasn't one of the main characters that the book was centered around.

To me, Imrahil and Faramir are very similar (as Imrahil was Faramir's uncle, this is perhaps not too surprising)
Welcome to our forum Naira. Smile Smilie

Yes, Imrahil wasn't an ordinary man, but just like Faramir and Aragorn, was another Dúnedain: meaning he was descended from the Númenóreans.
Welcome to the PT forum Naira.

But beyond, in the great fief of Belfalas, dwelt Prince Imrahil in his castle of Dol Amroth by the sea, and he was of high blood, and his folk also, tall men and proud with sea grey eyes.

I made a wild assumption that high blood was Elvish which would mean that Imrahil is part Elvish and part Dúnedain.

Imrahil did have elvish blood in his ancestry.

"At length they came to the Prince Imrahil, and Legolas looked at him and bowed low; for he saw that here indeed was one who had elven-blood in his veins. 'Hail, lord!' he said. 'It is long since the eole of Nimrodel left the woodlands of Lorien, and yet still one may see that not all sailed from Aroth's haven west over water.'
'So it is said in the lre of my land,'said the Prince..."

The story goes that one of Imrahil's ancestors had a sinda wife.
Thanks Allyssa, I knew I have read that somewhere, but couldn't find it right off.
I can't find any information as to whether PJ is leaving Imrahil in the storyline for the movie. I, for one, hopes he does.
Well, I hope he doesn't cos he's one of my fave characters. If he leaves Imrahil out then who will save Faramir and rule Gondor during the time after Denethor's death and Faramir was at the House of Healing?
Hooray for Imrahil! Big Smile Smilie

I've always liked him. I think Tolkien introduced him at exactly the right time in the book - when all seemed (almost) lost, and the (human) main characters in dire straits - Aragorn off recruiting ghosts, Faramir about to be struck by a poisoned dart, Denethor gone bonkers, Thoden dead & Eowyn out of action....and he was calm, solid, good & true. I thought that making him the temporary ruler (although Gandalf called the shots) was one of the best political moves in the whole book.

The paragraph about his meeting with Gimli & Legolas has to rate with some of my favourite of all time. Thumbs Up Smilie
I agree Golly.
To be honest, Imrahil totally escaped my attention the first two times I read the book, but now that you come to mention it, yes I think I remember him. Big Laugh Smilie

No, seriously now, I do think he plays an important role in the book, but he's just not the kind of character I pay a lot of attention to in a book. In any book he would have gone without reading with me, I think. I just passed him by every time.
Does anyone know why Imrahil is the Prince of Dol Amroth and not the King? Does that mean after Aragorn becomes King, he will rule Dol Amroth and if so, what will happen to Imrahil?
Prince Imrahil wasn't a direct descendent of Isildur or Anárion, and thus couldn't claim the kingship. He was a vassal Prince with his own Princedom before and after Aragorn claimed the kingship, and as such owed allegiance to Gondor no matter whether it was ruled by the Steward or the King.

I hope the above is correct and answers your questions Naira. Smile Smilie
Thanks, Grondy! Big Smile Smilie So that means Imrahil will rule Dol Amroth even after Aragorn became the King?
Affirmative. Smile Smilie
That confused me too the first time I read it. But after a re-reading, it all started coming together.
Thanks for your clear and sound explanation, Grondy! (they always are, aren't they?) Had never thought of it, but I see it now. Big Smile Smilie

i always pictured Imrahil as the perfect Gondor warrior,so awesome  no orc could face him.Remember Imrahil and gandalf gave courage to the men on the walls during the seige of Gondor.Aka orc

Imrahil was given the princedom just as Faramir was made prince of Ithilien by Aragorn. I know of princes in the North kingdom as well. For example, after the descendants of Isildur were died out in the kingdoms of Rhudaur and Cardolan by the mid-1300s in 1409 the last prince of Cardolan died in battle. The kings, or anyone who claimed the kingship in the 2 kingdoms were descended from Elendil in the male line. The kings in the south were descended from his son Anarion, and those in the North from his son Isildur. Also when the North kingdom fragmented into 3 lesser principalities each was ruled by a descendent of Isildur as each of the 3 sons of Earendur took a part of Arnor for themselves.

Why is everything bleeped out.... oh yeah, language filter. hehehe

Why is everything bleeped out.... oh yeah, language filter. hehehe

I loved Prince Imrahil. He was one character who I was genuinely attached to whilst reading the book. I actually felt relieved when it said he lived on after the Battle of the Black Gate. He was the embodiment of human purity and perhaps what Tolkien felt to be the 'goals of humanity' personified. I see elves as Tolkiens view on nature in-the-flesh, if that makes sense. To me this gives rise to the belief that Imrahil, although human, was very in-tune with the natural world. What other thoughts are there on the purpose of Imrahil's character role?