Baldor, Brego's heir, dies trapped in the Paths of the Dead
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Baldor son of Brego enters the Forbidden Door and is lost. ...
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years
'If these old tales speak true that have come down from father to son in the House of Eorl, then the Door under Dwimorberg leads to a secret way that goes beneath the mountain to some forgotten end. But none have ever ventured in to search its secrets, since Baldor, son of Brego, passed the Door and was never seen among men again. A rash vow he spoke, as he drained the horn at that feast which Brego made to hallow new-built Meduseld, and he came never to the high seat of which he was the heir.
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 3, The Muster of Rohan
[8 March 3019 III, as Aragorn takes the Paths of the Dead:]
Away to the left something glittered in the gloom as Aragorn's torch drew near. Then Aragorn halted and went to look what it might be. ...
... Before him were the bones of a mighty man. He had been clad in mail, and still his harness lay there whole; for the cavern's air was as dry as dust, and his hauberk was gilded. His belt was of gold and garnets, and rich with gold was the helm upon his bony head face downward on the floor. He had fallen near the far wall of the cave, as now could be seen, and before him stood a stony door closed fast: his finger-bones were still clawing at the cracks. A notched and broken sword lay by him, as if he had hewn at the rock in his last despair.
Aragorn did not touch him, but after gazing silently for a while he rose and sighed. 'Hither shall the flowers of simbelmynë come never unto world's end,' he murmured. 'Nine mounds and seven there are now green with grass, and through all the long years he has lain at the door that he could not unlock. Whither does it lead? Why would he pass? None shall ever know!'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 2, The Passing of the Grey Company
Elena Tiriel 22Dec04