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Biographical Information
PositionChieftain of the Drúedain
LocationDrúadan Forest
LanguageDrúadan language, Westron
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Ghân-buri-Ghân

Ghân-buri-Ghân was the chief of the Drúedain who inhabited Drúadan Forest in the late Third Age.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

He was the son of Ghân with whom he shared his name, and became the chief of his tribe.

During the War of the Ring, Ghân-buri-Ghân helped King Théoden and the Rohirrim to avoid an army of Orcs by taking them through the secret pass of Stonewain Valley. This allowed the Rohirrim to arrive in time to fight the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. In return, Théoden promised that the people of Rohan would no longer trouble the Drúedain and would drive away the Gorgûn (Orcs), that hunted them.[1]

Following the War of the Ring, Aragorn, as High King of the Reunited Kingdom, issued the decree that Drúadan Forest belonged to only Ghân and his people, and that no one else was allowed to enter the forest without their permission.[2]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Ghân-buri-Ghân means "Ghân son of Ghân" in the language of the Drúedain. It is a compound of the name Ghân, the element buri ("son of") and the name Ghân.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

Ghân-buri-Ghân in adaptations
Ghân-buri-Ghân in The Lord of the Rings Online  

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

Although Ghân-buri-Ghân does not appear in The Lord of the Rings film series, Decipher produced a card for the character. He was portrayed by Wi Kuki Kaa.

2003: Pán prsteňov (2001-2003 Slovak radio series):

The voice of Ghân-buri-Ghân is provided by Ján Króner.

2016: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Ghân-buri-Ghân has two sons, the younger of whom is Khôr-buri-Ghân and the eldest Bhai-buri-Ghân was recently slain by the orcs, which is what motivates him to assist the outsiders. The player is the first to discover the Woses and after spending some time gaining Ghân-buri-Ghân's trust it is the player who leads him to King Theoden's company.

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Many Partings"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), entry Ghân buri Ghân, p. 99