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Dúnhere

Dúnhere
Rohir
Jeff Himmelman - Dunhere.png
"Dunhere" by Jeff Himmelman
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Harrowdale
LocationHarrowdale, Rohan
LanguageRohirric
Death15 March, T.A. 3019
Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Physical Description
GenderMale
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.

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[edit] History

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 not to assemble the riders of Rohan in the fields, to light as little torches and fires as possible and to meet King Théoden in Harrowdale. Several days later, Théoden and the rest of the riders gathered there to set out 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]

[edit] Etymology

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

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Erkenbrand
fl. T.A. 3019
 
unknown sibling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DÚNHERE
d. T.A. 3019
 

[edit] 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.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen", "Notes", note 13
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  5. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 571