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Théodred

Meaning: N/A

Other Names: N/A

Location(s): Edoras, Rohan

Race/Species: Man

Type/Kind: Rohirrim

Title(s):
King's Heir
Second Marshal of the Mark

Dates: III 29781 - III 02.25.3019

Parents: Théoden and Elfhild

Siblings: None

Spouse: None

Children: None

Description:
... [Théoden's sister] Théodwyn took sick and died to the great grief of the king. Her children he took into his house, calling them son and daughter. He had only one child of his own, Théodred his son, then twenty-four years old; for the queen Elfhild had died in childbirth, and Théoden did not wed again. Éomer and Éowyn grew up at Edoras....

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

The chief obstacles to an easy conquest of Rohan by Saruman were Théodred and Éomer: they were vigorous men, devoted to the King, and high in his affections, as his only son and his sister-son; and they did all that they could to thwart the influence over him that Gríma gained when the King's health began to fail.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

The Second and Third Marshals were assigned commands according to the needs of the time. In the beginning of the year 3019 the threat from Saruman was the most urgent, and the Second marshal, the King's son Théodred, had command over the West-mark with his base at Helm's Deep; the Third Marshal, [was] the King's nephew Éomer....

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen: Appendix

[25 February 3019, at the First Battle of the Fords of Isen:]
It was clearly seen in Rohan, when the true accounts of the battles at the Fords were known, that Saruman had given special orders that Théodred should at all costs be slain.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

They stooped then to lift the body, and found that Théodred still breathed; but he lived only long enough to speak his last words: Let me lie here -- to keep the Fords till Éomer comes!

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen


1. Tolkien never gives an exact date for Théodred's birth, but says
"Éomer also was not an ambitious man, and his love and respect for Théodred (thirteen years older than he)..." from which we can extrapolate his birth year.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

Contributors:
Dim Genesis, 12.27.02
Lyllyn 1.11.03
~Nessime 11-26-03 (edits: 1-20-05)
added quotes: Elena Tiriel 20Jan05
added footnote 30July05 Lyllyn

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