Minstrel of Gondor
|This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.|
|Minstrel of Gondor|
|The Minstrel of Gondor in The Return of the King (1980 film)|
|Location||Field of Cormallen, North Ithilien|
|Language||Westron and one of the elven-tongues|
|Notable for||Composed a lay "of Frodo of the Nine Fingers and the Ring of Doom"|
History[edit | edit source]
On the Field of Cormallen, after Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee find out that the king is none other than Strider, a minstrel of Gondor keels and begs the king for his permission to sing. Before waiting for Aragorn's leave, the minstrel addressed the fair people of Gondor, the Riders of Rohan, the sons of Elrond, the Dúnedain of the North, the Elf and the Dwarf, the greathearts of the Shire, and the rest of the Free peoples that were present. He then announced that his lay was about the quest "of Frodo of the Nine Fingers and the Ring of Doom".
As the rest of the listeners either laughed or wept, the minstrel's clear voice was said to rise as compared to silver and gold. At that moment, the minstrel began to sing in one of the elven-tongues, switching between that and Westron, until the hearts of the listeners overflowed with joy at the sweet words and they were weeping again.
Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]
- The minstrel of Gondor is here referred to as simply just The Minstrel and he is voiced by Glenn Yarbrough. In the film, the minstrel has a much larger role than he does in the book. He appears as the film's framing device as entertainment at Bilbo Baggins' 129th birthday party in Rivendell, and relates the tale of Frodo's quest to destroy Bilbo's old golden ring, singing various songs in the process.