|"Angular", depicting the discovery of Baldor, by Lída Holubová|
|Other names||"the Hapless"|
|Language||Rohirric and Westron|
|Birth||Before T.A. 2544 |
|Death||T.A. 2570 |
Paths of the Dead
|House||House of Eorl|
|Siblings||Aldor and Eofor|
|Gallery||Images of Baldor|
With his father, Baldor explored Rohan, and came to Harrowdale. They found the Paths of the Dead. Surprised by a riddle from an old man that forbade them passage, he became curious. At the inauguration of Meduseld in T.A. 2569, he vowed to pass the Dark Door. He did so a year later, and was never seen again alive.
Other versions of the legendarium
Although in the final version there is no confirmation, all the early manuscripts state that the skeleton found in the Paths was Baldor's. In the original drafts, Aragorn recognises Baldor and says: "Here lies Baldor, son of Brego".
Then Tolkien himself explains in a note:
The Men of Darkness built temples, some of great size, usually surrounded by dark trees, often in caverns (natural or delved) in secret valleys of mountain-regions; such as the dreadful halls and passages under the Haunted Mountain beyond the Dark Door (Gate of the Dead) in Dunharrow. The special horror of the closed door before which the skeleton of Baldor was found was probably due to the fact that the door was the entrance to an evil temple hall to which Baldor had come, probably without opposition up to that point. But the door was shut in his face, and enemies that had followed him silently came up and broke his legs and left him to die in the darkness, unable to find any way out.
—Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "The Last Debate"
2485 - 2545†
2512 - 2570
2544 - 2645
2570 - 2659
2594 - 2680
Portrayal in adaptations
- The Grey Company encounters Baldor's corpse in the Paths of the Dead.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Making of Appendix A"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "VI. The Siege of Gondor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "XII. The Last Debate"