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'''Gamling''' (late [[Third Age]]) was a man of [[Rohan]] and the leader of the watchers of [[Helm's Dike]]. An old man during the [[War of the Ring]], Gamling was still a commanding presence at the time of the [[Battle of the Hornburg]]. During the battle Gamling was the first to realize that [[Orcs]] had penetrated [[the Deep]] through its culvert, and he led the counterattack himself.  
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'''Gamling''' (late [[Third Age]]) was a man of [[Rohan]] and the leader of the watchers of [[Helm's Dike]].
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==History==
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An old man during the [[War of the Ring]], Gamling was still a commanding presence at the time of the [[Battle of the Hornburg]]. During the battle Gamling was the first to realize that [[Orcs]] had penetrated [[the Deep]] through its culvert, and he led the counterattack himself.  
  
 
Gamling seems to have been brought up in the western valleys of Rohan; he understood the tongue of [[Dunland]] that was still spoken in those regions.
 
Gamling seems to have been brought up in the western valleys of Rohan; he understood the tongue of [[Dunland]] that was still spoken in those regions.
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
 
[[Image:Peter Jackson's Gamling.jpg|thumb|left|[[Bruce Hopkins]] as Gamling in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]]]
 
In [[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]], Gamling was played by New Zealand actor [[Bruce Hopkins]].
 
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Gamling translates to "old man" from the [[Old English]] term, "gamol", meaning "old, aged, ancient." but only found in Old English in verse-language<ref name="N">{{HM|N}}, p. 758</ref>
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Gamling translates to "old man" from the [[Old English]] term, "gamol", meaning "old, aged, ancient", but only found in Old English in verse-language<ref name="N">{{HM|N}}, p. 758</ref>
  
 
Gamling is somewhat anglicized/modernized while genuinely it should be ''Gameling''. It would be one of the words and names that hobbits recognized as similar to [[Hobbitish]] (like ''[[Shadowfax]]'' or ''[[Wormtongue]]'').<ref name="N"/>
 
Gamling is somewhat anglicized/modernized while genuinely it should be ''Gameling''. It would be one of the words and names that hobbits recognized as similar to [[Hobbitish]] (like ''[[Shadowfax]]'' or ''[[Wormtongue]]'').<ref name="N"/>
  
 
==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
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[[Image:Peter Jackson's Gamling.jpg|thumb|right|[[Bruce Hopkins]] as Gamling in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]]]
 
Tolkien noted that it is the origin of the surnames Gamlen, Gam(b)lin. It appears in the medieval poem ''The Tale of Gamelin'' (inspiration of Shakespeare's ''[[Wikipedia:As You Like It|As You Like It]]'')<ref name="N"/>
 
Tolkien noted that it is the origin of the surnames Gamlen, Gam(b)lin. It appears in the medieval poem ''The Tale of Gamelin'' (inspiration of Shakespeare's ''[[Wikipedia:As You Like It|As You Like It]]'')<ref name="N"/>
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== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
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'''2001-3''': ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]'':'''
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:Gamling was played by New Zealand actor [[Bruce Hopkins]]. His role was expanded to that of a lieutenant to [[Théoden]].
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[[Category:Characters in The Lord of the Rings]]
 
[[Category:Characters in The Lord of the Rings]]

Revision as of 18:15, 11 November 2010

Daniel Govar - Gamling.jpg
Gamgling the Old
Rohir
Biographical Information
PositionCaptain
BirthLate Third Age
Family
ChildrenUnnamed child
Physical Description
GenderMale

Gamling (late Third Age) was a man of Rohan and the leader of the watchers of Helm's Dike.

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History

An old man during the War of the Ring, Gamling was still a commanding presence at the time of the Battle of the Hornburg. During the battle Gamling was the first to realize that Orcs had penetrated the Deep through its culvert, and he led the counterattack himself.

Gamling seems to have been brought up in the western valleys of Rohan; he understood the tongue of Dunland that was still spoken in those regions.

Etymology

Gamling translates to "old man" from the Old English term, "gamol", meaning "old, aged, ancient", but only found in Old English in verse-language[1]

Gamling is somewhat anglicized/modernized while genuinely it should be Gameling. It would be one of the words and names that hobbits recognized as similar to Hobbitish (like Shadowfax or Wormtongue).[1]

Inspiration

Tolkien noted that it is the origin of the surnames Gamlen, Gam(b)lin. It appears in the medieval poem The Tale of Gamelin (inspiration of Shakespeare's As You Like It)[1]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2001-3: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy:

Gamling was played by New Zealand actor Bruce Hopkins. His role was expanded to that of a lieutenant to Théoden.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 758