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Dúnhere

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Dúnhere
Rohir
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Harrowdale
LocationHarrowdale, Rohan
LanguageRohirric
Death15 March, T.A. 3019
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Physical Description
GenderMale
Dúnhere was the chieftain of the folk of Harrowdale, and a valiant captain who fought in the First Battle of the Fords of Isen and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

History

Dúnhere was a nephew of Erkenbrand.[1] He served under Grimbold during the First Battle of the Fords of Isen, where his skill as a horseman proved important to the Rohirrim's weakened defenses.[2]

Dúnhere did not accompany Gandalf and Erkenbrand to the Battle of the Hornburg; instead, they sent him to oversee the muster of the Rohirrim in his native Harrowdale. Several days later, Théoden and the rest of the riders gathered there to set out to Minas Tirith.[3]

At the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Dúnhere was slain. He was remembered in the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg.[4]

Etymology

The name Dúnhere means "hill warrior" in Old English, consisting of dūn ("hill") + here ("army, host").[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen", note 13
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  5. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 571