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Théodred

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Théodred
Rohir
Biographical Information
PositionSecond Marshal of the Riddermark
LocationRohan
BirthT.A. 2978
Death25 February T.A. 3019 (aged 41)
First Battle of the Fords of Isen
Family
HouseHouse of Eorl
ParentageThéoden and Elfhild
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Théodred

Théodred (T.A. 2978-3019) was the only son and heir of King Théoden of Rohan who died in battle at the Fords of Isen during the War of the Ring.

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[edit] History

Théodred was born to King Théoden and Elfhild, who died in childbirth. Because of his state as prince of Rohan, Théodred also held the title of Second Marshal of the Riddermark.

While his father's health began to fail and Gríma gained more influence, Gríma considered Théodred and Éomer his chief opponents. He tried to bring the two cousins into discredit with Théoden, but their steadfast loyalty even in his apparent dotage. Gríma therefore tried to play them one against the other in the mind of Théoden, representing Éomer as ever eager to increase his authority.

Meanwhile Saruman planned to have the Prince killed. He sent forces against Rohan on February 25, T.A. 3019 with explicit orders to kill the Second Marshall at all costs.

Théodred's was warned by his scouts of a mustering of troops at the Gate of Isengard and he reinforced the approaches. He passed over the Isen with the main strength of his cavalry to overthrow Saruman's apparent army before it was fully prepared. He scattered the vanguard, but then discovered the main host prepared for assault and ordered a retreat while the rearguard under Grimbold had to turn and drive back their pursuers.

Retreating, he appointed Grimbold in command of the western bank garrison while himself attempted to man the eyot in the midst of the river. Then a van came and with unexpected speed soon took control of the eastern end of the fords; the fiercest of Saruman's warriors and Orc-men abandoned the rest of the battle and directed their full might around the Prince. As Grimbold came to his defense, Théodred was hewn down by a great orc-man, whom Grimbold slew.

Elfhelm arrived to his support and they lifted the body. Théodred still breathed, only long enough to speak his last words.[1] The news of Théodred's death caused Erkenbrand of Westfold to assume command of the West-mark. With no siblings, this made his cousin, Éomer, heir to the throne of Rohan.

[edit] Etymology

Théodred's name is probably taken from the Anglo-Saxon words þēod ("folk", "people", "nation") and rǣd ("counsel").[2]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Thengel
2905 - 2980
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elfhild
d. 2978
 
Théoden
2948 - 3019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THÉODEN
2978 - 3019
 
 


[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

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

Théodred is portrayed younger than he was in the book. His death is a major event early in the movie, whereas, in the book, it has all happened by the time the Three Hunters come to Rohan. He is brought heavily wounded albeit barely alive to Edoras and tended by Éowyn before expiring. His burial is shown in the extended edition. Théodred was played by Paris Howe Strewe.
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2011: The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard:

Théodred appears in Rise of Isengard and The Prince of Rohan, the fourth and fifth book of Allies of the King.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 403