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<center>{{quote|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<ref name="LL">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[Lothlórien (chapter)|Lothlórien]]"</ref>}}</center>
  
Haldir was accompanied by his brothers, [[Rúmil of Lórien|Rúmil]] and [[Orophin]], who interacted little with the Fellowship because they, unlike Haldir, spoke little of the [[Common Tongue]]. Little is known about them.
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'''Haldir''' was an [[Elves|Elf]] of [[Lothlórien]], probably a [[Silvan Elves|Silvan Elf]], and a marchwarden who guarded the forest's northern borders.  
  
Haldir was one of the few Elves of Lórien who could speak [[Westron]]. He had clearly ''heard of'' [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], but there is no indication that they had met previously.  
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==History==
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Haldir encountered the [[Fellowship of the Ring|Fellowship]] between [[15 January]] and [[16 February]], {{TA|3019}},<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[Appendix B]]'', "The Great Years"</ref> and it is presumed that he lived long before this period.
  
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
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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.  
[[Image:Haldìr at Helm's deep.jpg|thumb|[[Craig Parker]] as Haldìr in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]]]
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In [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]] he was played by [[Craig Parker]] and his role was greatly expanded. In addition to being the Fellowship's guide in Lothlórien, in the second movie he 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 [[Tolkienist|Purists]]. As well, [[Elrond]] of [[Rivendell]] supposedly sends them, even though they are Galadhrim, undoubtedly a mistake.
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In the books, there were no Elves at Helm's Deep, nor do Elves participate in any of the other battles. Although the [[Half-elven]] [[Elladan]] and [[Elrohir]] did turn up at [[Dunharrow]], this was after the Battle of the Hornburg had ended.  It is also doubtful that Haldir had the authority to command such a large group, since he leads only a small group of border guards.
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Haldir was accompanied by his brothers, [[Rúmil (elf of Lórien)|Rúmil]] and [[Orophin]], who interacted little with the Fellowship because they, unlike Haldir, spoke little of the [[Westron|Common Speech]]. He had heard of [[Aragorn]], but there is no indication that they had met before.<ref name="LL"/> After [[Celeborn]] and [[Galadriel]] had nourished their guests, and they were set to depart, Haldir led them to their Elven boats.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[Farewell to Lórien]]</ref>
  
There is also no mention of Haldir's death in any of the books. Haldir encountered the [[Fellowship of the Ring|Fellowship]] between [[Third Age]] January 15 and February 16, 3019, and it is generally believed that he lived long before and after this period. It is however likely that he was born in the Second or Third Age, since another [[Haldir of the Haladin|Haldir]] (a [[Men|Man]]) lived in the [[First Age]], and Elves seldom used names which already existed.
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==Etymology==
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] explained the name ''Haldir'' as [[Sindarin]] for "Hidden Hero", though this Haldir refers to the (later omitted) son of [[Orodreth]].<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lost Road and Other Writings]]'', "[[The Etymologies]]", entry SKAL</ref> 
  
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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[[File:The Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy - Haldir.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Craig Parker]] as Haldir in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]''.]]
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'''1978: [[The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1978 film)]]:'''
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:Haldir was omitted. Aragorn and Boromir briefly discuss the possibility of entering Lothlórien, and in the next shot, they are welcomed by Galadriel.
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'''1981: [[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1981 radio series)]]:'''
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:[[Haydn Wood]] provided the voice of Haldir.
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'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:Haldir was played by [[Craig Parker]].
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'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'':'''
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:Haldir leads a regiment of Elven archers from Lórien to the [[Battle of the Hornburg|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 [[Tolkienist|Purists]].{{fact}}.
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Revision as of 21:01, 25 December 2012

This article is about the Elf of Lothlórien. For the head of the House of Haleth, see Haldir (Chieftain of the Haladin).
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Haldir
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Biographical Information
LocationLothlórien
LanguageWestron
Family
SiblingsRúmil and Orophin
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair colorGolden[1]
"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.

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History

Haldir encountered the Fellowship between 15 January and 16 February, 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]

Etymology

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: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

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

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

Haydn Wood provided the voice of Haldir.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Haldir was played by Craig Parker.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: 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?].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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