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Ohtar

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Ohtar
Arnorian
Biographical Information
PositionSquire of Isildur
BirthLate Second Age
Physical Description
GenderMale

Ohtar was the squire of Isildur.

[edit] History

Ohtar was apparently a Dúnadan of Arnor and by the first years of the Third Age he was fully trained and experienced and had attained the rank of "Soldier". He served as the squire of High King Isildur, and was dear to him.[1]

He accompanied Isildur's retinue from Gondor to Arnor, when they were ambushed by the Gladden Fields. Ohtar was one of only three survivors of the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. He rescued the shards of Elendil's sword, Narsil, and brought them safely back to Rivendell.[2]

[edit] Etymology

On the name Ohtar, J.R.R. Tolkien writes:

Ohtar is the name only used in legends; but it is probably only the title of address that Isildur used at this tragic moment, hiding his feelings under formality. Ohtar 'warrior, soldier' was the title of all who, though fully trained and experienced, had not yet been atmitted to the rank of roquen, 'knight'. But Ohtar was dear to Isildur and of his own kin.[1]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 17.
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"