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Halbarad

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Halbarad
Arnorian
Biographical Information
Other namesDúnadan
DeathMarch 15, T.A. 3019
Physical Description
GenderMale
"Halbarad Dúnadan, Ranger of the North I am. We seek one Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and we heard he was in Rohan."
― Halbarad[1]

Halbarad was a Ranger of Eriador. He spent his early life watching the borders of the Shire.

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Life

During the War of the Ring, Halbarad was sent to the aid of his kinsman Aragorn. He led a thirty-man strong group of Rangers, calling themselves the Grey Company. With them rode Elladan and Elrohir, the sons of Elrond. In the night between the 5th and the 6th of March, the Company met Aragorn at Dol Baran. Halbarad gave his kinsman a standard, which was a gift from Arwen, and a message, summoning him to take the Paths of the Dead.

The Grey Company, now with Gimli and Legolas part of Aragorn's comitatus, passed through the Paths of the Dead, to the Stone of Erech, over Tarlang's Neck, and on to Pelargir. He captained a Corsair ship and they sailed toward Harlond.

On March 15 they arrived on the Pelennor Fields and fought in the battle. Halbarad unfurled the standard, and it showed the White Tree of Gondor and the signs of Elendil. He was killed in this battle, and would never return to the North.

Etymology

Though it is nowhere translated, Halbarad most likely means "Tall Tower", from Sindarin hall, "tall", and barad, "tower".

Portrayal in adaptations

1979: The Lord of the Rings (1979 radio series):

Halbarad is played by an uncredited actor.

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

Halbarad had a role similar to his role in the book. He was voiced by Martyn Read.

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Halbarad, a sage/diplomat hero character, is illustrated by Quinton Hoover.

2001-7: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

Halbarad is portrayed by Warren Mahy.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Halbard is in command of Esteldin, a hidden Dúnedain city in the North Downs.

2011: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North:

Halbarad appeart at the beginning of the game at the Sarn Ford. Shortly after the Nazgûl attacked the Dúnedain who guarded the Shire, he sends Eradan, Andriel and Farin to Bree to warn Aragorn.[2]

See Also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  2. Offical Xbox Magazine Online, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, dated 28 April, 2011 (accessed at 7 July, 2011)