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Helm Hammerhand
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Rohan
BirthT.A. 2691
RuleT.A. 2741
DeathT.A. 2759
ChildrenUnnamed daughter, Haleth and Hama
Physical Description

Helm Hammerhand (Third Age 2691Third Age 2759, aged 68 years) was the ninth King of Rohan and last King of the first line.



Helm became King at the death of his father Gram, during a time of crisis. His father had already fought open warfare with the Dunlendings, who operated from the captured fortress of Isengard.

Later in his reign a man named Freca appeared, a Dunlending with Rohirric blood. Freca held lands at either side of the river Adorn, the border of Rohan, and claimed to be a descendant of King Fréawine of Rohan. He planned to let his son, Wulf, marry the daughter of Helm. Freca marched to Edoras with a great force of men, planning to threaten the King to comply with his demands, but Helm Hammerhand smote him with his fist. Enraged, the men of Freca left Edoras, returning with a great force of Dunlendings. Under the leadership of Wulf they overran Rohan, but Helm withdrew in the Suthburg, and there endured a long siege.

The Suthburg held a large war-horn, and whenever it was blown Helm would break through the Dunlending ranks, slaying many of their men. It is believed that many of the men he killed he did so with his bare hands. This led to a belief under the Dunlendings that the wraith of Helm Hammerhand still wandered through Rohan, and defended the keep that would be renamed the Hornburg. However, at the end of the war Helm Hammerhand and his sons Haleth and Hama were slain. Once Helm died, his body was discovered frozen in the snow still standing, his eyes open, ready to fight.

He was succeeded by his nephew Fréaláf Hildeson, who defeated the Dunlendings.


Helm in Old English means "protection".

Portrayal in adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

As part of the decorations of the Hornburg, two statues were erected. One was destroyed beyond recognition, but the other was one of Helm. The warrior holds a hammer in his hand.


Preceded by:
9th King of Rohan
T.A. 27412759
Followed by: