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'''Freca''' (d. {{TA|2754}}) was a lord of far western [[Rohan]], who was descended from King [[Fréawine]]. His lands stood on either side of the River [[Adorn]], which marked Rohan's western border, and it was said that he had [[Dunlendish]] blood in his veins, too, from the people of [[Dunland]] beyond the border. Nonetheless he was a lord of Rohan and a councillor to its King, [[Helm Hammerhand]].  
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'''Freca''' (d. {{TA|2754}}), who claimed descent from King [[Fréawine]], was a lord of [[Rohan]] during the reign of King [[Helm|Helm Hammerhand]]. His lands lay on either side of the [[Adorn]] west of the [[Gap of Rohan]] and he was said to have much [[Dunlendish]] blood in his veins (and, unusual for one of the [[Rohirrim]], grew dark hair). Obtaining wealth and power from his rich domain, he constructed a stronghold at the source of the Adorn and paid little heed to the king although Helm called upon him to attend his councils.
  
Freca attempted to strengthen his power in Rohan by marrying his son, [[Wulf]], to Helm's daughter. He travelled to [[Edoras]] with a force of [[Men]] to compel the King to agree, but instead Helm struck him a deadly blow with his fist. Freca's family and followers fled from Helm's anger, but four years later Wulf returned, invading Rohan with an army of Dunlendings, an invasion in which Helm was killed. Nevertheless, the slaying of Freca was not forgotten by his people, and even at the time of the [[War of the Ring]], more than two hundred and fifty years later, the memory of his death still kindled hatred of the Rohirrim among the Dunlendings.
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In {{TA|2754}} Freca came to a council with a retinue of many men and requested that Helm's daughter be wed to his son [[Wulf]].  Helm rebuffed him and called him fat, Freca raged and reviled the king, and after the council Helm struck Freca so powerfully that Freca died from the blow. Helm then declared Wulf and all of Freca's near kin to be his enemies and the retinue fled to the west.
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Rohan was invaded from the east in {{TA|2758}}.  Sensing their chance, a host of Dunlendings invaded from [[Isengard]] and from over the [[Isen]].  Their leader was Wulf, who drove Helm into the [[Hornburg]], captured [[Edoras]] and sat in [[Meduseld]], and called himself king.  Although Helm and his sons died in the [[Long Winter]], his sister-son [[Fréaláf]] surprised and slew Wulf and regained Edoras.<ref>{{App|Eorl}}</ref>
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The slaying of Freca was not forgotten by his people and in the [[War of the Ring]], over two hundred and fifty years later, many of them sided with [[Saruman]].<ref>{{UT|Isen}}, note 4</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 12:48, 4 November 2012

Freca
Rohir
Biographical Information
PositionLord of lands about the Adorn
LocationDunland
Rohan
AffiliationDunlendings
DeathT.A. 2754
Edoras
Family
ChildrenWulf
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair colorDark

Freca (d. T.A. 2754), who claimed descent from King Fréawine, was a lord of Rohan during the reign of King Helm Hammerhand. His lands lay on either side of the Adorn west of the Gap of Rohan and he was said to have much Dunlendish blood in his veins (and, unusual for one of the Rohirrim, grew dark hair). Obtaining wealth and power from his rich domain, he constructed a stronghold at the source of the Adorn and paid little heed to the king although Helm called upon him to attend his councils.

In T.A. 2754 Freca came to a council with a retinue of many men and requested that Helm's daughter be wed to his son Wulf. Helm rebuffed him and called him fat, Freca raged and reviled the king, and after the council Helm struck Freca so powerfully that Freca died from the blow. Helm then declared Wulf and all of Freca's near kin to be his enemies and the retinue fled to the west.

Rohan was invaded from the east in T.A. 2758. Sensing their chance, a host of Dunlendings invaded from Isengard and from over the Isen. Their leader was Wulf, who drove Helm into the Hornburg, captured Edoras and sat in Meduseld, and called himself king. Although Helm and his sons died in the Long Winter, his sister-son Fréaláf surprised and slew Wulf and regained Edoras.[1]

The slaying of Freca was not forgotten by his people and in the War of the Ring, over two hundred and fifty years later, many of them sided with Saruman.[2]

References

  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", note 4