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Silvan Elf
Lori Deitrick - Orophin.png
"Orophin" by Lori Deitrick
Biographical Information
SiblingsHaldir and Rúmil
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Orophin

Orophin was a Silvan Elf of Lothlórien.

History[edit | edit source]

Orophin was the brother of Haldir and Rúmil. He was one of the Galadhrim who seldom left Lothlórien and spoke but a little of Westron.

He was one of three wardens of the northern border of Lothlórien met by the Fellowship as they entered the Golden Wood[1] on 15 January T.A. 3019.[2]

Some days later, when a band of a hundred Orcs were seen passing the Nimrodel, the three brothers went ahead and spoke with feigned voices, leading them on into the wood. Orophin ran back to warn the Galadhrim and prepare an ambush and fortify the wood.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Robert Foster identified the name as either Sindarin or Silvan.[3] At another point it is described to be "suitable to Sindarin sounds and patterns" although it is "not clearly etymologizable as Sindarin".[4]

One possibility is that Orophin means "Mountain Peak", from orod and pind.[5]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

Orophin in adaptations

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Orophin is a Warrior/Ranger Elf.

2001-7: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

An Elf of Lothórien from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is identified by Decipher as being Orophin in three cards, Orophin, Silvan Elf (17S11), Orophin, Lorien Bowman (1U56) and Orophin, Brother of Haldir (12C20). He was portrayed by Jason Secto.

2009: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Orophin can be found on the western outskirts of Lothlórien, defending the borders against the orc attacks.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 109
  4. 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), p. 51
  5. Didier Willis, "Re: [S] a couple of questions (246.00)" dated 28 April 2003, Lambengolmor mailing list (accessed 24 April 2024)