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The name Haldir refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Haldir (disambiguation).
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Biographical Information
LanguageSilvan, Westron
SiblingsRúmil and Orophin
Physical Description
Hair colorGolden[1]
GalleryImages of Haldir
"But there are some of us still who go abroad for the gathering of news and the watching of our enemies, and they speak the languages of other lands. I am one. Haldir is my name."
― Haldir[1]

Haldir was an Elf of Lothlórien, probably a Silvan Elf, and a marchwarden who guarded the forest's northern borders.


[edit] History

Haldir was one of the Galadhrim; unlike his brothers, Rúmil and Orophin, Haldir had traveled outside Lórien and knew Westron. He and his companions are described as wearing grey hooded cloaks and living on flets in the trees.

Haldir was accompanied by his brothers between 15 and 16 January, T.A. 3019[2] when they encountered the Fellowship of the Ring who arrived in Lórien. His brothers interacted little with the Fellowship because they spoke little of the Common Speech. He treated Gimli rather poorly due to bad relations between Elves and Dwarves. He made him go blindfolded through the wood until Galadriel said he did not have to.

He had heard of Aragorn, but there is no indication that they had met before.[1] Haldir became their guide to the city of Caras Galadhon.

After Celeborn and Galadriel had nourished their guests, and they were set to depart, Haldir led them to their Elven boats.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Tolkien explained the name Haldir as Sindarin for "Hidden Hero", though this Haldir refers to the (later omitted) son of Orodreth.[4]

[edit] Genealogy


[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

Haldir in adaptations

1978: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

Haldir was omitted. Aragorn and Boromir briefly discuss the possibility of entering Lothlórien, and in the next shot, they are welcomed by Galadriel.

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Haydn Wood provided the voice of Haldir.

1992: Der Herr der Ringe (1992 German radio series):

Haldir is played by Gunther Cremer.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Haldir was played by Craig Parker.

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

The voice of Haldir is provided by Milan Bahúl.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Haldir leads a regiment of Elven archers from Lórien to the Battle of Helm's Deep, where he is eventually slain, along with most of his archers.

2008: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Haldir is first met on a talan on the western border of Lothlórien. He frequently serves as the intermediary between the player and Galadriel during the epic story.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies", entry SKAL