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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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{{quote|The staff. . . may be more than a prop for age. . . Yet in doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom|''[[The Two Towers]]'', [[The King of the Golden Hall]]}}
  
He is first met in the tale of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' when he, against his orders, permits [[Gandalf]] to carry his staff into [[Meduseld]]. It was at this time that he spoke the above quote.  This marked the beginning of his trust and respect for Gandalf, though he was later reprimanded by Théoden, and temporarily removed from his position as doorward, despite the service he rendered.  Then the King ordered him to bring forth [[Éomer]], who was in custody.  Háma not only released him, but armed him.
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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.
  
Later Háma suggested that the King leave Éowyn as steward in Edoras.  Later, he encouraged soldiers who doubted Gandalf's return: "''. . . but for myself, I will wait until I see Gandalf again''".
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==Story==
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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 II|Aragorn]], [[Gimli Elf-friend|Gimli]], [[Legolas of Mirkwood|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]].  
  
He fell in the [[Battle of the Hornburg]] before the Gate during the [[War of the Ring]]. He was also 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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For this oversight, Háma was reprimanded by [[Théoden]], and briefly releaved 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.  
  
[[Image:John Leigh as Hama.jpg|thumb|left|250px|''Háma'' played by [[John Leigh]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].]]
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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]]. 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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==Etymology==
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The name ''Háma'' comes from Old English, and means as much as "home, house, dwelling".
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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[[Image:John Leigh as Hama.jpg|thumb|right|200px|''Háma'' played by [[John Leigh]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].]]
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[[Michael Spice]] voiced Háma in the [[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|1981 radio series]].
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In ''[[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]'', [[John Leigh]] plays Háma. He is killed during a [[Wargs|Warg]]-attack on the road to [[Helm's Deep]], rather than in the battle itself.
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==References==
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* ''[[The Two Towers]]''
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** [[The King of the Golden Hall]]
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** [[Helm's Deep (chapter)|Helm's Deep]]
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** [[The Voice of Saruman]]
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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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Háma
Rohir
Biographical Information
Positiondoorward of Edoras
DeathMarch 3 or 4, T.A. 3019
"The staff. . . may be more than a prop for age. . . Yet in doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom"
The Two Towers, The King of the Golden Hall

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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Story

Háma served as the doorguard of Edoras, the abode of the King of Rohan. In early March 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.

For this oversight, Háma was reprimanded by Théoden, and briefly releaved 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.

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. 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.

Etymology

The name Háma comes from Old English, and means as much as "home, house, dwelling".

Portrayal in adaptations

Michael Spice voiced Háma in the 1981 radio series.

In Peter Jackson's The Two Towers, John Leigh plays Háma. He is killed during a Warg-attack on the road to Helm's Deep, rather than in the battle itself.

References