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"But there are some of us still who go abroad for the gathering of news and the watching of our enemies, and they speak the languages of other lands. I am one. Haldir is my name."
― Haldir[1]

Haldir was an Elf of Lothlórien, probably a Silvan Elf, and a marchwarden who guarded the forest's northern borders.



Haldir encountered the Fellowship between January 15 and February 16, T.A. 3019,[2] and it is presumed that he lived long before this period.

When the Fellowship of the Ring arrived in Lórien, Haldir became their guide to the city of Caras Galadhon. He and his companions are described as wearing grey hooded cloaks and living on flets in the trees.

Haldir was accompanied by his brothers, Rúmil and Orophin, who interacted little with the Fellowship because they, unlike Haldir, spoke little of the Common Speech. He had heard of Aragorn, but there is no indication that they had met before.[1] After Celeborn and Galadriel had nourished their guests, and they were set to depart, Haldir led them to their Elven boats.[3]


Tolkien explained the name Haldir as Sindarin for "Hidden Hero", though this Haldir refers to the (later omitted) son of Orodreth.[4]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1978: Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings:

Haldir was omitted. Aragorn and Boromir briefly discuss the possibility of entering Lothlórien, and in the next shot, they are welcomed by Galadriel.

1981: BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings:

Haydn Wood provided the voice of Haldir.

2001: Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring:

Haldir was played by Craig Parker.

2002: Peter Jackson's The Two Towers:

Haldir leads a regiment of Elven archers from Lórien to the Battle of Helm's Deep, where he is eventually slain, along with most of his archers. This aspect of the movie has been much critized by Purists.[source?].


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies", entry SKAL