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Haldir

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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."
The Fellowship of the Ring, Lothlórien

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

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Life

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.

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

Etymology

The name Haldir means "Hidden Hero" in Sindarin.

Portrayal in Adaptations

In the 1981 radio series, Haydn Wood provided the voice of Haldir.

In Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings, the Haldir was omitted. Aragorn and Boromir briefly discuss the possibility of entering Lothlórien, and in the next shot, they are welcomed by Galadriel.

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. 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.

References

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