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Elfhelm was born around TA 2985. During the War of the Ring, he fought in the Battles of the Fords of Isen with Grimbold and Théodred, who died there. He also led a company under Théoden when they rode to Gondor to help them in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. His company also happened to be the company that Eowyn, under the guise of Dernhelm, and Merry, were in during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
He led the company on the right against the war machines and drove the enemy into the fire pits. He survived the battle and was left in charge of 3000 Rohirrim while the Company of the West rode to the Black Gate. He guarded the pass from Anorien and prevented invaders from attacking eastern Rohan. After the war, he was granted the position of Marshal of the East-Mark by King Eomer.
Portrayal in adaptations
- In the live-action adaptation of Return of the King, Elfhelm's role in events is omitted. The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game later attributed his name to an extra briefly appearing in the background.
- In The Lord of the Rings Online Elfhelm comes from the village of Faldham in the Eastemnet. The current Thane of Faldham is Elfhelm's son Elfmar, who succeded his father in his position, while his son and Elfhelm's grandson Elddag had been sent to Dunharrow with the refugees. Elfhelm's daughter Elflád is married to Reeve Fastred of Snowbourn, with whom she has another of Elfhelm's grandsons named Folcred. Eflhelm himself first appears during the First Battle of the Fords of Isen, arriving too late to save Prince Theodred's life. During the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen Eflhelm and his men are cut off from Erkenbrand and he orders a retreat. Grimbold refuses to follow him, continuing to fight on and defend Theodred's grave, and Elfhelm has no choice but to leave him behind, even though he feels terrible for it. After Gandalf found Elfhelm and ordered Elfhelm to ride to Edoras, he makes a brief stop in Grimbold's hometown of Grimslade and after making short work of Saruman's orcs harassing it brings Grimbold's wife Hildith the news of her husband, apologizing for not doing more for him. Elfhelm is next met during the journey of the Rohirrim through the Druadan Forest. Elfhelm is aware not only that Merry Brandybuck is riding with one of his riders, but also that the rider Dernhelm is Lady Eowyn herself. After she refused to stay behind in Dunharrow, Elfhelm kept her secret and gave her the sword of her cousin Theodred that he took from the Fords. It was that very sword that Eowyn used to slay the Witch-King of Angmar, though it broke in doing the deed. Elfhelm's own son Elfmar perishes during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, slain by a terrible Olog-hai. Afte the battle Eomer orders Elfhelm to take command of the main Rohirrim force of three thousand riders and break the enemy blockade on the road in north Anorien. Elfhelm is later present during the coronation of King Elessar.
Translations around the world
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||艾海姆|
|Kazakh||Эльфельм (Cyrillic) Élfelm ? (Latin)|
|Serbian||Елфхелм (Cyrillic) Elfhelm (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Елфҳелм (Cyrillic) Elfhelm (Latin)|
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"