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Biographical Information
Other namesof Westfold, of Grimslade
PositionChief of a Company
DeathMarch 15, T.A. 3019
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Grimbold

Grimbold was a rider of Rohan, who dwelt in Grimslade. He was a veteran of both Battles of the Fords of Isen and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.


Grimbold was a valiant captain under the Second Marshal. He was instrumental in the defense of the Fords of Isen; after his Marshal Théodred fell, he managed to hold the eyot in the river until Elfhelm arrived. Soon after, the troops of Isengard left; their mission was over with the death of the Marshal.

Grimbold and his company were scattered after the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen, though most of his troops survived. When Gandalf arrived, he sent Elfhelm to protect Edoras and Grimbold to join Erkenbrand, who was making his way to the Hornburg in an attempt to lift the siege.

After the victory at Helm's Deep and the lighting of the Warning beacons of Gondor, Théoden had to quickly reorganize his troops. The elderly Erkenbrand commanded the defense of Rohan, while Grimbold was elected to take over command of the muster of the West-fold based on the valour he had shown at earlier battles.[1] At the battle, Grimbold fought on the eastern side of the Pelennor Fields, where he was slain. He was remembered in the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg as "doughty".[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers:

In the extended edition of the film, Grimbold appears with Eomer and a troop of soldiers at the Fords of Isen in the aftermath of the battle there. He at first believes that the Uruk-Hai were orcs sent by Sauron until they find the White Hand of Saruman on their helmets. Grimbold also discovers the mortally wounded Théodred.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Grimbold is briefly glimpsed twice in this film. The first time is as Theoden arrives at Dunharrow and calls out to Grimbold. In this scene he appears as an elderly man in the armour of the guard of Edoras. Later on in the film as the Rohirrim arrive at the Pelennor Fields Theoden gives Grimbold orders and tells him to "Go forth and fear not darkness!". In these scenes he was played by Bruce Phillips.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"