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'''Erkenbrand''' was one of the [[Rohirrim]]. At the time of the [[War of the Ring]], Erkenbrand had retired from service to [[Théoden]], but returned after the death of Théoden's son [[Théodred]] to command the forces of [[Rohan]] in its western regions. He later played a critical role in the [[Battle of the Hornburg]] when he and [[Gandalf]] lead an army of a thousand riders to reinforce the besieged forces of Rohan.
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<center>{{quote|Amid them strode a man tall and strong. His shield was red. As he came to the valley's brink, he set to his lips a great black horn and blew a ringing blast. 'Erkenbrand!' the Riders shouted. 'Erkenbrand!'|''[[The Two Towers]]'', [[Helm's Deep (chapter)|Helm's Deep]]}}</center>
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'''Erkenbrand''' was one of the [[Rohirrim]]. He was the Lord of the [[Westfold]] during the [[War of the Ring]]. He was the uncle of [[Dúnhere]].
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==Life==
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Erkenbrand was presumably born in the [[Hornburg]], and followed his father as the Lord of the Westfold. He became a valiant knight in the service of the [[Kings of Rohan|King of Rohan]], but nothing is told of the deeds of those times. He retired, and settled in the Hornburg.
  
Erkenbrand is a name that comes from two Old English words: Eorcan (meaning "precious") and Brand (meaning "sword").
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When the shadow from [[Isengard]] began to grow, Erkenbrand strenthened the defenses of the Hornburg and the [[Deeping Wall]]. After the death of [[Théodred]] on [[25 February]], {{TA|3019}} in the [[First Battle of the Fords of Isen]], Erkenbrand took command of the western defenses of Rohan. He sent a messenger to [[Théoden]] in [[Edoras]] to inform him of the ill news and ask for reinforcements, but [[Gríma|Gríma Wormtongue]] delayed the message.  
  
Erkenbrand does not appear in [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]] film. Instead, it is [[Éomer]] whom Gandalf sets out to find and returns with in the dawn of the final battle at [[Helm's Deep]]. However he does make an appearence in the liscenced trading card game by decipher as part of their series of cards depicting various characters ommitted from the films.
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[[Elfhelm]] eventually rode to the [[Fords of Isen]] with the men of Edoras, where they joined [[Grimbold|Grimbold of Grimslade]], who was left in charge of the Fords when Erkenbrand tried to send stragglers from the first battle to [[Helm's Deep]]. Erkenbrand had left around 1000 troopers under [[Gamling|Gamling the Old]] to guard his home.
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On [[2 March|March 2]], the [[Second Battle of the Fords of Isen]] was fought, and the defenses on the [[Isen]] were driven back by [[Saruman]]'s forces. Erkenbrand had managed to gather around a thousand soldiers when they came across [[Gandalf]]. Gandalf told them Théoden sought the refuge of the Hornburg, and that they would join the battle. They arrived at dawn of [[4 March|March 4]], and turned the tide of the [[Battle of the Hornburg]]. 
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Erkenbrand did not come to [[Minas Tirith]] to fight in the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]; instead, he stayed behind to guard Rohan. He was granted this command because of his age, experience and authority.
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After the [[War of the Ring]], King [[Éomer]] named Erkenbrand [[Marshal of the West-mark]].
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==Appearance==
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Erkenbrand was said to have been tall and strong, and reminiscent of [[Helm|Helm Hammerhand]]. He bore a red shield and a black horn.
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==Etymology==
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Erkenbrand is a name that possibly was derived from two [[Old English]] words: ''eorcan'' (meaning "precious") and ''brand'' (meaning "fire-brand, torch; sword").<ref>{{HM|RC}}, p. 413</ref>
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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In both [[The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1978 film)]] and ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'', Erkenbrand's position is taken by [[Éomer]]. This is mainly because he would appear unintroduced, and the return of Éomer serves the films' climax better. Erkenbrand did appear on a [[Decipher Card]]. [[Weta Workshop|Weta]]'s Mike Grealish served as the character, wearing the armour of Théodred, which did not get much attention in the film.
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Erkenbrand
Rohir
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Westfold
PositionMarshal of the West-mark
LocationRohan
LanguageRohirric
Physical Description
GenderMale
"Amid them strode a man tall and strong. His shield was red. As he came to the valley's brink, he set to his lips a great black horn and blew a ringing blast. 'Erkenbrand!' the Riders shouted. 'Erkenbrand!'"
The Two Towers, Helm's Deep

Erkenbrand was one of the Rohirrim. He was the Lord of the Westfold during the War of the Ring. He was the uncle of Dúnhere.

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Life

Erkenbrand was presumably born in the Hornburg, and followed his father as the Lord of the Westfold. He became a valiant knight in the service of the King of Rohan, but nothing is told of the deeds of those times. He retired, and settled in the Hornburg.

When the shadow from Isengard began to grow, Erkenbrand strenthened the defenses of the Hornburg and the Deeping Wall. After the death of Théodred on 25 February, T.A. 3019 in the First Battle of the Fords of Isen, Erkenbrand took command of the western defenses of Rohan. He sent a messenger to Théoden in Edoras to inform him of the ill news and ask for reinforcements, but Gríma Wormtongue delayed the message.

Elfhelm eventually rode to the Fords of Isen with the men of Edoras, where they joined Grimbold of Grimslade, who was left in charge of the Fords when Erkenbrand tried to send stragglers from the first battle to Helm's Deep. Erkenbrand had left around 1000 troopers under Gamling the Old to guard his home.

On March 2, the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen was fought, and the defenses on the Isen were driven back by Saruman's forces. Erkenbrand had managed to gather around a thousand soldiers when they came across Gandalf. Gandalf told them Théoden sought the refuge of the Hornburg, and that they would join the battle. They arrived at dawn of March 4, and turned the tide of the Battle of the Hornburg.

Erkenbrand did not come to Minas Tirith to fight in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields; instead, he stayed behind to guard Rohan. He was granted this command because of his age, experience and authority.

After the War of the Ring, King Éomer named Erkenbrand Marshal of the West-mark.

Appearance

Erkenbrand was said to have been tall and strong, and reminiscent of Helm Hammerhand. He bore a red shield and a black horn.

Etymology

Erkenbrand is a name that possibly was derived from two Old English words: eorcan (meaning "precious") and brand (meaning "fire-brand, torch; sword").[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

In both The Lord of the Rings (1978 film) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Erkenbrand's position is taken by Éomer. This is mainly because he would appear unintroduced, and the return of Éomer serves the films' climax better. Erkenbrand did appear on a Decipher Card. Weta's Mike Grealish served as the character, wearing the armour of Théodred, which did not get much attention in the film.

References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 413