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"Dunhere" by Jeff Himmelman
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Harrowdale
LocationHarrowdale, Rohan
LanguageRohanese and Westron
Death15 March, T.A. 3019
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Dúnhere

Dúnhere was the chieftain of the folk of Harrowdale, and a valiant captain who fought in the First Battle of the Fords of Isen and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.


Dúnhere was a nephew of Erkenbrand.[1] He was the chieftain of the folk of Harrowdale and the lord of Harrowdale.[2]

He served under Grimbold in the Battles of the Fords of Isen. Grimbold placed all the riders for whom horses were available under the command of Dúnhere to cover the retreat of his forces to the south in the night after the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen.[3]

Dúnhere did not accompany Gandalf and Erkenbrand to the Battle of the Hornburg, but went to Edoras instead. Gandalf counselled him and the other captains to assemble the riders of Rohan in Harrowdale and to await King Théoden there, rather than in the open fields around Edoras, and to light as few fires as possible. Several days later, Théoden and the rest of the riders mustered there for the ride to Minas Tirith.[2]

Dúnhere was slain at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. He was remembered in the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg.[4]


The name Dúnhere means "hill warrior" in Old English, consisting of dūn ("hill") + here ("army, host").[5]


fl. T.A. 3019
unknown sibling
d. T.A. 3019
Dúnhere in The Lord of the Rings Online

Portrayal in adaptations

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Dúnhere is the Lord of Dunharrow and a nearby small village of Underharrow. The player does not meet Dúnhere until the Druadan Forest on the day before the Rohirrim army arrives to Minas Tirith. He is slain by an arrow during the battle of the Pelennor Fields.