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Helm Hammerhand, King of Rohan, dies in the Siege of the Hornburg

Event Type: Genealogical

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Year: 2759

Description:
An event in the Invasion of Rohan from West and East; see that entry for an overview:

2668-2741
8. Gram.

2691-2759
9. Helm Hammerhand.
At the end of his reign Rohan suffered great loss, by invasion and the Long Winter. Helm and his sons Haleth and Háma perished. Fréaláf, Helm's sister's son, became king.

2726-2798
10. Fréaláf Hildeson. In his time Saruman came to Isengard, from which the Dunlendings had been driven. The Rohirrim at first profited by his friendship in the days of dearth and weakness that followed.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl

[During the Siege of the Hornburg:]
In Helm's Deep there was a great hunger after Yule ... Háma his younger son ... [was] lost in the snow. Helm grew fierce and gaunt for famine and grief....

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl

Helm had a great horn, and soon it was marked that before he sallied forth he would blow a blast upon it that echoed in the Deep; and then so great a fear fell on his enemies that instead of gathering to take him or kill him they fled away down the Coomb.

One night men heard the horn blowing, but Helm did not return. In the morning there came a sun-gleam, the first for long days, and they saw a white figure standing still on the Dike, alone, for none of the Dunlendings dared come near. There stood Helm, dead as a stone, but his knees were unbent. Yet men said that the horn was still heard at times in the Deep and the wraith of Helm would walk among the foes of Rohan and kill men with fear. ...

Helm was brought from the Hornburg and laid in the ninth mound. Ever after the white simbelmynë grew there most thickly, so that the mound seemed to be snow-clad.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 15Aug04, 10Jan05

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