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<blockquote>''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.''<sup>[[#References|1]]</sup></blockquote>
'''Haldir''' was an [[Elf]] of [[Lothlórien]], probably a [[Silvan Elves|Silvan Elf]], and marchwarden who guarded the forest's northern borders. When the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] arrived in Lórien, he became their guide to the city of [[Caras Galadhon]]. He and his companions are described as wearing grey hooded cloaks and live on platforms in the trees.
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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 [[Elf]] of [[Lothlórien]], probably a [[Silvan Elves|Silvan Elf]], and a marchwarden who guarded the forest's northern borders. When the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] arrived in Lórien, he became their guide to the city of [[Caras Galadhon]]. He and his companions are described as wearing grey hooded cloaks and live on platforms in the trees.  
  
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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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 Speech]]. Little is known about them.
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Haldir was one of the few Elves of Lórien who could speak [[Westron]]. He had heard of [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], but there is no indication that they had met before.
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==Etymology==
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The name '''Haldir''' means "Hidden Hero"<sup>[[#References|2]]</sup>.  
  
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
[[Image:Peter Jackson's Haldir.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Craig Parker]] as Haldìr in [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]]]
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[[Image:Peter Jackson's Haldir.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Craig Parker]] as Haldir in [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]]]
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 [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]] Haldir was played by [[Craig Parker]] and his role was greatly expanded. In addition to being the Fellowship's guide in Lothlórien, in the [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers|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 the [[Hornburg]], nor do Elves participate in any of the other battles in the narrative. Although the [[Half-elven]] [[Elladan]] and [[Elrohir]] did turn up at [[Dol Baran]], 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.
  
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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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, [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]], and it is generally believed that he lived long before and after this period.  
  
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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==References==
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# ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', ''[[Lothlórien (chapter)|Lothlórien]]''.
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# ''[[The Lost Road and other Writings]]'', ''[[The Etymologies]]''.
  
 
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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.1

Haldir was an Elf of Lothlórien, probably a Silvan Elf, and a marchwarden who guarded the forest's northern borders. When the Fellowship of the Ring arrived in Lórien, he became their guide to the city of Caras Galadhon. He and his companions are described as wearing grey hooded cloaks and live on platforms 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. Little is known about them.

Haldir was one of the few Elves of Lórien who could speak Westron. He had heard of Aragorn, but there is no indication that they had met before.

Etymology

The name Haldir means "Hidden Hero"2.

Portrayal in Adaptations

In Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring Haldir 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 Purists. As well, Elrond of Rivendell supposedly sends them, even though they are Galadhrim, undoubtedly a mistake.

In the books, there were no Elves at the Hornburg, nor do Elves participate in any of the other battles in the narrative. Although the Half-elven Elladan and Elrohir did turn up at Dol Baran, 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.

There is also no mention of Haldir's death in any of the books. Haldir encountered the Fellowship between Third Age January 15 and February 16, T.A. 3019, and it is generally believed that he lived long before and after this period.

References

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring, Lothlórien.
  2. The Lost Road and other Writings, The Etymologies.