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Biographical Information
Other namesHildeson
TitlesKing of Rohan
LanguageRohirric and Westron
BirthT.A. 2726
RuleT.A. 27592798
DeathT.A. 2798 (aged 72)
HouseHouse of Eorl
ChildrenBrytta Léofa
Physical Description

Fréaláf Hildeson (Third Age 27262798, aged 72 years) was the tenth King of Rohan, and the first King of the second line.


Fréaláf was the son of Hild, and thus the sister-son of Helm Hammerhand. He became king after Helm was killed in the siege of the Hornburg in 2759.

Fréaláf led a daring raid that recaptured Edoras and managed to reclaim it. He eventually drove the Dunlendings back across the rivers Isen and Adorn, freeing all of Rohan.[1] Those Dunlending who had occupied Isengard were starved until they capitulated and left the fortress.[2]

At his coronation the Wizard Saruman suddenly appeared after years of absence. Saruman offered Fréaláf his support and friendship. On Fréaláf's advice, Beren, Steward of Gondor, lent Saruman the keys to Orthanc, giving him Isengard to dwell in on the condition that he must protect it from another conquest by the Dunlendings.

He ruled for 39 years, and was succeeded by his son Brytta Léofa at his death in 2798.[1]


In Old English Fréaláf means "surviving lord" (consisting of frēa + lāf).[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen", Appendix (ii)
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 643
House of Eorl
Born: T.A. 2726 Died: T.A. 2798
Preceded by:
10th King of Rohan
T.A. 27592798
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