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'''Háma''' was the doorward of [[Théoden]] and captain of the King's guard of [[Rohan]]. He is shown as a loyal and devoted man, though he often anticipates his orders.
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'''Háma''' was the Doorward of [[Théoden]] and Captain of the King's Guard of [[Rohan]]. He was a loyal and devoted man, though he often anticipated his orders.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Háma served as the doorguard of [[Edoras]], the abode of the [[Kings of Rohan|King of Rohan]]. In early March [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]], four guests arrive at his post: [[Aragorn]], [[Gimli]], [[Legolas]] and [[Gandalf]]. He stood by the rules of the house, and ordered them all to surrender their weapons. He permitted Gandalf to keep his staff, an oversight which would prove decisive in the [[War of the Ring]].  
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Háma served as the doorguard of [[Edoras]], the abode of the [[Kings of Rohan|King of Rohan]]. On [[2 March]] {{TA|3019}}, four guests arrived at his post: [[Aragorn]], [[Gimli]], [[Legolas]] and [[Gandalf]].<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref>  He stood by the rules of the house, and ordered them all to surrender their weapons. He entered into a long argument with Aragorn who refused to hand [[Andúril]] to anyone else until he agreed to do so at the wish of Gandalf. He permitted Gandalf to keep his staff, a deliberate decision which would prove decisive in the healing of his king.  
  
For this oversight, Háma was reprimanded by [[Théoden]], and briefly relieved of his position as the doorguard. Háma did his Lord's bidding, and also released [[Éomer]] from captivity. The King's sister-son was imprisoned by [[Gríma|Gríma Wormtongue]], who was shortly before overthrown with the use of Gandalf's staff. Háma arrested Gríma, and found various missing items in his possession, including [[Herugrim]], the King's sword.  
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For this oversight, Háma was reprimanded by [[Théoden]], and briefly relieved of his position as the doorguard. Háma did his Lord's bidding, and also released [[Éomer]] from captivity. The King's sister-son was imprisoned by [[Gríma|Gríma Wormtongue]], who was shortly before overthrown with the use of Gandalf's staff. Háma arrested Gríma, and found various missing items in his possession, including [[Herugrim]], the King's sword.<ref name="King"/>
  
Háma rode with Théoden to the Hornburg, and fought in the [[Battle of the Hornburg|battle]] that ensued shortly after. He fell before the great gate, and his body was hacked to pieces by a horde of [[Uruk-hai|Uruks]]. He was given the honour of being buried in a grave of his own under the shadow of the Hornburg. Despite his annoyance with his doorward, Théoden obviously had an affection for Háma, and grieved at his fall, so much so that that he personally cast first earth on his grave.
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Háma rode with Théoden to the [[Hornburg]], and fought in the [[Battle of the Hornburg|battle]] that ensued shortly after. He fell before the great gate, and his body was hacked to pieces by a horde of [[Uruk-hai|Uruks]].<ref name="Voice">{{TT|III10}}</ref>  He was given the honour of being buried in a grave of his own under the shadow of the Hornburg. Despite his annoyance with his doorward, Théoden obviously had an affection for Háma, and grieved at his fall, so much so that that he personally cast first earth on his grave.<ref>{{TT|III8}}</ref>
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On [[5 March]] when Théoden rejected the words of [[Saruman]] the hewing of Háma's body before the gate of the Hornburg was among the grievances he cited.<ref name="Voice"/>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
The name ''Háma'' comes from [[Old English]], and means as much as "home, house, dwelling". The same element is used in ''[[Hamfast]]''.
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The name ''Háma'' comes from [[Old English]], and means as much as "home, house, dwelling". The same element is used in ''[[Hamfast]]''.<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'' by [[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]], page 501</ref>
  
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
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'''1981: [[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1981 radio series)]]:'''
'''1981: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
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:[[John Leigh]] plays Háma. The lengthy dialogue with Aragorn is absent in the movie, since Aragorn is not bearing [[Andúril]]. He is killed during a [[Wargs|Warg]]-attack on the road to [[Helm's Deep]], rather than in the battle itself.
 
:[[John Leigh]] plays Háma. The lengthy dialogue with Aragorn is absent in the movie, since Aragorn is not bearing [[Andúril]]. He is killed during a [[Wargs|Warg]]-attack on the road to [[Helm's Deep]], rather than in the battle itself.
  
:Later in the movie, Aragorn is seen talking with "[[Haleth (movie character)|Haleth, son of Háma]]". The name could be a reference to the synonymous siblings [[Haleth son of Helm|Haleth]] and [[Háma son of Helm|Háma]], the sons of [[Helm Hammerhand]].
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:Later in the movie, Aragorn is seen talking with "[[Haleth (film character)|Haleth, son of Háma]]". The name could be a reference to the synonymous siblings [[Haleth son of Helm|Haleth]] and [[Háma son of Helm|Háma]], the sons of [[Helm|Helm Hammerhand]].
  
 
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* ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'' by [[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]], page 501.
 
 
 
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This article is about the Doorward of Edoras. For the son of Helm, see Háma (son of Helm).
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Háma
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Biographical Information
PositionDoorward of Théoden
Captain of the King's Guard
LocationRohan
Death3 or 4 March, T.A. 3019
Battle of the Hornburg
Physical Description
GenderMale
WeaponrySword
"The staff in the hand of a wizard may be more than a prop for age. Yet in doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom."
― Háma[1]

Háma was the Doorward of Théoden and Captain of the King's Guard of Rohan. He was a loyal and devoted man, though he often anticipated his orders.

History

Háma served as the doorguard of Edoras, the abode of the King of Rohan. On 2 March T.A. 3019, four guests arrived at his post: Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas and Gandalf.[2] He stood by the rules of the house, and ordered them all to surrender their weapons. He entered into a long argument with Aragorn who refused to hand Andúril to anyone else until he agreed to do so at the wish of Gandalf. He permitted Gandalf to keep his staff, a deliberate decision which would prove decisive in the healing of his king.

For this oversight, Háma was reprimanded by Théoden, and briefly relieved of his position as the doorguard. Háma did his Lord's bidding, and also released Éomer from captivity. The King's sister-son was imprisoned by Gríma Wormtongue, who was shortly before overthrown with the use of Gandalf's staff. Háma arrested Gríma, and found various missing items in his possession, including Herugrim, the King's sword.[1]

Háma rode with Théoden to the Hornburg, and fought in the battle that ensued shortly after. He fell before the great gate, and his body was hacked to pieces by a horde of Uruks.[3] He was given the honour of being buried in a grave of his own under the shadow of the Hornburg. Despite his annoyance with his doorward, Théoden obviously had an affection for Háma, and grieved at his fall, so much so that that he personally cast first earth on his grave.[4]

On 5 March when Théoden rejected the words of Saruman the hewing of Háma's body before the gate of the Hornburg was among the grievances he cited.[3]

Etymology

The name Háma comes from Old English, and means as much as "home, house, dwelling". The same element is used in Hamfast.[5]

Portrayal in adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Michael Spice voiced Háma.

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

John Leigh plays Háma. The lengthy dialogue with Aragorn is absent in the movie, since Aragorn is not bearing Andúril. He is killed during a Warg-attack on the road to Helm's Deep, rather than in the battle itself.
Later in the movie, Aragorn is seen talking with "Haleth, son of Háma". The name could be a reference to the synonymous siblings Haleth and Háma, the sons of Helm Hammerhand.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Voice of Saruman"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Road to Isengard"
  5. The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, page 501