|"Helm Hammerhand" by Turner Mohan|
|Other names||Helm Hammerhand|
|Titles||King of Rohan|
|Language||Rohirric and Westron|
|Birth||T.A. 2691 |
|Rule||T.A. 2741 - 2759|
|Death||T.A. 2759 (aged 68)|
Helm's Dike during Long Winter
|House||House of Eorl|
|Children||Unnamed daughter, Haleth and Háma|
In T.A. 2754 a man named Freca, a Dunlending with Rohirric blood planned to have his son, Wulf, marry the daughter of Helm. Freca rode 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 and Freca died soon thereafter. Because of his great strength Helm was known as Hammerhand.
The men of Freca left Edoras, but in 2758 they returned with a great force of Dunlendings, reinforced by enemies of Gondor who had landed in the south. Under the leadership of Wulf they overran Rohan; Helm fought them at the Crossings of Isen but lost and withdrew into the Suthburg and there endured a long siege.
Helm held the fortress during the Long Winter. He blew his great war-horn, and broke through the Dunlending ranks, clad in white, stalking men like a snow-troll slaying them with his bare hands. However, his sons Haleth and Háma were slain and Helm grew gaunt because of grief and famine; still his horn would fill the Dunlendings with fear each time it was heard. During one of his night sorties Helm died, apparently from famine and cold; his body was discovered frozen in the snow still standing and ready to fight.
He was succeeded by his nephew Fréaláf Hildeson, who defeated the Dunlendings.
Helm in Old English means "helmet", from the root sense "protection, covering" (both of which were also valid). The word was a common name element (e.g. "William" from 'Willa-helm') in Germanic Europe, and in Lord of the Rings it is also found in the names Elfhelm and Dernhelm.
2644 - 2718
2668 - 2741
2691 - 2759†
2726 - 2798
2752 - 2842
Portrayal in adaptations
- 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.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
House of Eorl
|9th King of Rohan|
T.A. 2741 – 2759