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Borondir

Borondir
Gondorian
The Lord of the Rings Online - Borondir.jpg
Borondir in The Lord of the Rings Online
Biographical Information
Other namesUdalraph (S. "Stirrupless")
PositionSoldier of Gondor
LocationGondor
LanguageWestron
Death15 April, T.A. 2510
Battle of the Field of Celebrant
Family
Housedescendant of a Northern Captain
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Borondir

Borondir Udalraph (died 15 April, T.A. 2510) was a Gondorian soldier with some Northern blood. He was a great rider of a family that claimed descent from a captain of the Northmen in the service of the Kings of old. A forefather of Borondir was a Captain of the Northmen who served under the Steward of Gondor.[1]

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[edit] History

Borondir was one of the six riders sent out by Steward Cirion to seek the aid of the Northmen, when the Balchoth threatened Gondor's northern borders. These riders were sent out in pairs with a day's interval between them. Borondir and his companion were ambushed as they were passing near Dol Guldur. His companion was slain by arrows, but Borondir escaped this ambush by fortune and the speed of his horse. The ambushers pursued Borondir as far north as the Gladden Fields, and he was often waylaid by men that came of the Forest and forced him to ride far out of the direct way. After 15 days, he came at last to the Éothéod. He was without food for the last two days of his journey; and he was so spent that he could barely speak the message of Cirion to Eorl the Young. He was the only one to reach Eorl alive, and brought him the Red Arrow and the Seal of the Stewards.

Eorl summoned his council of Elders, and began to prepare for the great riding. However, this took many days, for the lost had to be gathered and mustered, and thought taken for the ordering of the people and the defence of the land. At last the whole host was assembled, and the great éohere set out. Borondir rode at Eorl's right hand, to serve as a guide as he had passed through the lands not long ago. On the journey South, he showed knowledge of Lothlórien; he understood the strange mist they had to pass was not magic from Dol Guldur, but rather an effort by Galadriel to stop such magic.

Borondir brought the Northmen to the Battle of the Field of Celebrant, but did not survive the battle. His name was long remembered in the song of Rochon Methestel, "Rider of Last Hope".[1] He was the first to cross the Limlight and cleave a path to the aid of Cirion. He fell at last on the Field of Celebrant defending his lord, to the great grief of Gondor and the Éothéod, and was afterwards laid in tomb in the Hallows of Minas Tirith.

[edit] Other names

Borondir's epithet Udalraph means "the Stirrupless"; he was a rider who did not need stirrups, like the Northmen.[1]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2020: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Borondir briefly appears in a flashback narrating the history of the Eotheod.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"