Theoden of Rohan

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This article is about the scene in The Lord of the Rings (1978 film). For the the King of Rohan, see Théoden.
Theoden of Rohan
Scene from
The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)
The Lord of the Rings (1978 film) - Theoden of Rohan.jpg
Scene number31
Duration 3:48
Event Arrival at Edoras
Back from the Abyss
Gollum gets Touchy

Theoden of Rohan is the thirty-first scene of the 1978 film The Lord of the Rings.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Reunited with Gandalf, the Three Hunters enter Edoras. Inside, Théoden, Éowyn and Gríma listen to Gandalf's tidings. Théoden dismisses him, and calls him a herald of bad news. Gríma rebukes Gandalf, stating that he now counsels the King.

Angered, Gandalf in turn rebukes Wormtongue. It is indeed Gríma to whom the King has been listening, and to no-one else. And Gríma has mislead Théoden by stating Rohan only survived because of the kindness of Aruman, and they should therefore let him be. Théoden interferes, saying that he is and always has been his own man, but before he can fully voice his discontent at seeking friendship with Aruman, Gríma cuts him off. As he confronts Gandalf, the Wizard reveals himself as Gandalf the White, and identifies Gríma as an agent of Aruman. He is cast down on the ground, but Théoden offers him his pity. He refuses, and runs away with a loud hiss. Théoden tells the guards to et him go.

The King introduces his new guests to Éowyn, and laments that she is more faithful to him than her brother. Gandalf tells him that Éomer has not been disloyal to the King's orders, but to Wormtongue's. Gandalf advises the King to ride for Helm's Deep, as Saruman will be informed of their arrival soon; he himself will go to find Éomer.

After calling for his armour, Théoden and Gandalf ride out at the lead of the Riders. Gandalf splits from the main course, and vows to reunite with them at Helm's Deep. Théoden and Aragorn remain behind, and Aragorn does not answer to the King's question whether there still is hope.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Role Actor
Gandalf William Squire (voice), John A. Neris
Théoden Philip Stone
Gríma Wormtongue Michael Deacon
Éowyn No lines
Aragorn No lines
Legolas No lines
Gimli No lines

Differences from source material[edit | edit source]

  • The line Westhu Théoden hal is pronounced fully incorrect.
  • Saruman in called "Aruman" and "Saruman" in the same scene.
  • Gríma says he explicitly ordered the doorkeeper to take his staff - but in the film, no such scene is shown.