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Guthláf from The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Biographical Information
BirthLate Third Age
Death15 March T.A. 3019
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Guthláf

Guthláf was the banner-bearer of King Théoden of Rohan.


[edit] History

He rode to the relief of Minas Tirith with his Lord in the War of the Ring, and there fought in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, where he was slain. He fell with the banner in his hand, and it had to be taken from him after death to be given to Éomer. He also earned himself a mention in the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg.[1]

[edit] Etymology

In Old English Guþláf means "survivor of the battle" (consisting of gūþ + lāf).[2]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

Guthláf in adaptations

2013: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Guthláf has been dismissed from his duty as Theoden's banner-bearer by Gríma and had return home, protecting the lumber camp near the village of Imping in Eastfold. After the Battle of Helm's Deep Guthláf is restored in his duties by the King and rides south to Gondor at his side. Player next meets him in the Druadan Forest, from where the Rohirrim set out for the Pelennor Fields. Guthláf is killed when the Witch-King of Angmar attacks King Theoden.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 181