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|Position||Second Marshal of the Riddermark|
|Birth||T.A. 2978 |
|Death||25 February T.A. 3019 (aged 41)|
First Battle of the Fords of Isen
|House||House of Eorl|
|Parentage||Théoden and Elfhild|
|Gallery||Images of Théodred|
While his father's health began to fail and Gríma gained more influence, Gríma considered Théodred and Éomer his chief opponents. He tried to bring the two cousins into discredit with Théoden, but their steadfast loyalty even in his apparent dotage. Gríma therefore tried to play them one against the other in the mind of Théoden, representing Éomer as ever eager to increase his authority.
Théodred's was warned by his scouts of a mustering of troops at the Gate of Isengard and he reinforced the approaches. He passed over the Isen with the main strength of his cavalry to overthrow Saruman's apparent army before it was fully prepared. He scattered the vanguard, but then discovered the main host prepared for assault and ordered a retreat while the rearguard under Grimbold had to turn and drive back their pursuers.
Retreating, he appointed Grimbold in command of the western bank garrison while himself attempted to man the eyot in the midst of the river. Then a van came and with unexpected speed soon took control of the eastern end of the fords; the fiercest of Saruman's warriors and Orc-men abandoned the rest of the battle and directed their full might around the Prince. As Grimbold came to his defense, Théodred was hewn down by a great orc-man, whom Grimbold slew.
Elfhelm arrived to his support and they lifted the body. Théodred still breathed, only long enough to speak his last words. The news of Théodred's death caused Erkenbrand of Westfold to assume command of the West-mark. With no siblings, this made his cousin, Éomer, heir to the throne of Rohan.
2905 - 2980
2948 - 3019†
2978 - 3019†
Portrayal in Adaptations
- Théodred is portrayed younger than he was in the book. His death is a major event early in the movie, whereas, in the book, it has all happened by the time the Three Hunters come to Rohan. He is brought heavily wounded albeit barely alive to Edoras and tended by Éowyn before expiring. His burial is shown in the extended edition. Théodred was played by Paris Howe Strewe.
- Théodred appears in Rise of Isengard and The Prince of Rohan, the fourth and fifth book of Allies of the King.