World of Warcraft: Arthas Menethil – A Tale of Heroic Tragedy

Written by Chad

August 30, 2023

Blizzard’s heroes have always worked out. Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch have given us several dozen characters, many of which have become iconic and have taken their place in the hearts of the players. One of these is Arthas Menethil. In 2002, players met him in Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, and 20 years later they said goodbye in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. How do we remember the hero who turned to darkness and became the lord of the undead?

Arthas Menethil’s epic journey from noble paladin to the malevolent Lich King is a captivating narrative that has left an indelible mark on the Warcraft universe. However, this transformation also mirrors a modern gaming phenomenon – the realm of boosting services. Just as Arthas sought power and dominance, some players today turn to boost services to elevate their gaming experience. These services including leveling and WoW Gold purchase, offered by skilled players who guide others through challenging in-game content, provide a unique twist to the traditional progression system.



Terenas, the King of Lordaeron, is the father of Arthas. The prince met Varian, the future leader of the Alliance when he was a little boy and saw his father’s dealings with representatives of Stormwind. Fortunately for Terenas, Lordaeron was unaffected by the initial conflict with the orcs. At the same time, Arthas’ troubling traits started to emerge. If he wasn’t appreciated or if anything was disallowed, he became upset. Even as a young man, he imagined the influence and authority he would one day have.

As we know, at the age of 19, Arthas became a paladin, a member of The Silver Hand. The heir of Lordaeron was raised by the warrior Muradin and the paladin Uther the Lightbringer. In his travels, the prince ended up in Durnholde, where he saw Thrall. In Dalaran, he became romantically involved with Jaina Proudmoore. Later, the young man decided that he was not ready for marriage and family, so they broke up. However, the romance flared up again during the events of Warcraft 3. Arthas met Jaina when both faced the Plague.

Uther and Jaina were upset by the prince’s choice to destroy Stratholme. They went away from Arthas when he was defeated by the Dreadlord Mal’Ganis. The Lordaeron heir was waiting to exact retribution in the fight with the demon when the king’s messenger found him in Northrend. Muradin and his team looked in this area for the blade Frostmourne. The instructor and Arthas searched for the sword together when Arthas refused to go back, and the prince picked it up. The heir’s edge was where Ner’zhul, a familiar face to all Warcraft fans, started to take command.


Lich King

Arthas returned to Lordaeron. But this is no longer the paladin who so wanted to protect his people and country. Arthas began to look more like a dead man than a young man in his prime. He killed his father, and his people massacred the city. The former heir to the throne dealt with Uther, who protected the urn with the ashes of Terenas and then filled it with the remains of the sorcerer Kel’Thuzad.

Arthas began his ascension to the Frozen Throne of the ruler of the undead. Resurrected Kel’Thuzad, turned Sylvanas, defeated Illidan, and wearing the Helm of Dominance, merged with Ner’zhul into the Lich King. He never became whole: now in the head of the leader of the undead, not only the voice of the former shaman sounded, but also the voice of a little boy. The child embodied the remnants of all the good things that had once been in Arthas. The Lich King killed both in his mind, completing the transformation.

Having built the Icecrown Citadel and subjugated the undead of Northrend, the villain was going to conquer all of Azeroth. This did not happen. The Alliance and Horde armies took the Citadel, and the imprisoned souls in Frostmourne destroyed Nemethyla after Tirion Fordring destroyed the cursed weapon.

We saw the final end of Arthas in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Uther, who became a Kyrie after his death, sent his former ward to the Maw, Warcraft’s hell. The shard of the Lich King’s soul became part of Anduin Wrynn’s Shalamane sword (which Arthas saw as a baby). Breaking the weapon, Wrynn freed the remnants of Arthas’ consciousness, and before the eyes of his opponents, he disappeared forever.


Path of Arthas

Arthas’ life is a classic story of the fall, the hero’s transition from light to darkness or from good to evil. Such is the biblical myth about the origin of the devil, the history of Anakin Skywalker, Sauron, and dozens of other famous characters. The archetypal plot is eternal and will not go anywhere. It’s easier to root for a character who was good and promising but stumbled than it is for someone who is inherently wrong. The fall of a hero is more tragic than that of an ordinary man.

Could Arthas not have become the lord of the undead? If fans are rewriting a character’s history, congratulations to the creators. This is a sign of true popularity.

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