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Forlong

Forlong
Gondorian
Alan Lee - Forlong the Fat.jpg
"Forlong the Fat" by Alan Lee
Biographical Information
Other names"the Fat," "the Old"
TitlesLord of Lossarnach
LocationGondor
LanguageWestron
Ruleunknown - T.A. 3019
Death15 March T.A. 3019
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Forlong
"True heart, true friend! Forlong!"
― People of Minas Tirith[1]

Forlong was the Lord of Lossarnach during the War of the Ring.

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[edit] History

Forlong was famed for both his girth and his vitality at old age, which led the people of Minas Tirith to refer to him as both "Forlong the Fat" and "Forlong the Old".[1]

Forlong rode to the aid of Minas Tirith with two hundred of his men. His men bore great battle-axes and were well-armed.[1] Forlong fought bravely in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, but the opposition proved too strong. Separated from his men and his horse slain, Forlong was killed. He was remembered in the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Forlong was a Pre-Númenórean name of unknown meaning.[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Forlong is first found in Minas Tirith before the battle in the "Merry Swan" tavern on the third level of the city, reminiscing on their youth with his friends Hirluin and Neldir. Later, both Forlong and Hilruin fight in the defence of the White City on the walls of the First Cicle. After the Rohirrim army arrives, both of them rush outside the city gates and faces their foes together before Hirluin is slain in view of his friend. Forlong himself is gravely wounded and after the battle is over is found by the player on the field. He shares that he saw the visage of Thorongil on the field of battle but believes it to be his dying fever until Aragorn comes to his side. Amazed to see the man from the days of his youth untouched by years, Forlong departs in peace.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"