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"For you have been deluded by Saruman. Many of you have got death as you trust in him; but had you conquered, little better would your wages have been."
Erkenbrand to Saruman's army in The Two Towers

Erkenbrand was a warrior of Rohan during the War of the Ring, and the lord of the Westfold.


At the time of the War of the Ring, Erkenbrand had retired from service to Théoden, but returned after the death of Théoden's son, Théodred, to command the forces of Rohan in its western regions. He commanded the defence of Westfold, but was defeated at the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen and his forces scattered in the retreat. Fortunately he had left a garrison of 1000 men at the Hornburg and sent most of the inhabitants of Westfold to shelter there.

He was then found by Gandalf, who assisted him in rallying forces sufficient to come to the aid of Théoden at the end of the Battle of the Hornburg when he and the White Wizard led a thousand footmen to reinforce the besieged forces of Rohan. After the War of the Ring, Erkenbrand was granted the title of Marshal of the West-Mark by King Éomer.

Erkenbrand was a warrior of great renown and was a mighty leader. He went into battle with a red shield and bore a horn.[1]

Erkenbrand's Shield, as shown in the Trading Card Game

Erkenbrand from The Lord of the Rings Online


Erkenbrand is a name that comes from two Old English words: eorcan (meaning "precious") and brand (meaning "sword").[citation needed]

Portrayal in adaptations

  • In The Lord of the Rings Online after Gandalf leaves King Théoden's riders, he recruits the player to aid him in his search for Erkenbrand and Grimbold. After journeying across Westfold, the player eventually finds Grimbold at the Fords of Isen and together they find Erkenbrand and his men to the south. After a brief regrouping, Gandalf then leads them on the march towards the Hornburg.


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዐርከንብራንድ
Arabic إركينبراند
Armenian Էրկենբրանդ
Belarusian Cyrillic Аркенбранд
Bengali এর্কেন্ব্রান্দ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Еркенбранд
Catalan Érkenbrand
Chinese (Hong Kong) 鄂肯布蘭德
Georgian ერქენბრანდი
Greek Ερκενβρανδ
Gujarati ઍર્કેન્બ્રન્દ
Hebrew ירכינבראנד
Hindi एर्केन्ब्रन्द
Kannada ಏರಿಕೆನ್ಬ್ರಾಂಡ್
Kazakh Еркенбранд (Cyrillic) Erkenbrand (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Эркэнбранд
Macedonian Cyrillic Еркенбранд
Marathi एर्केन्ब्रन्द
Mongolian Cyrillic Эркэнбранд
Nepalese एर्केन्ब्रन्द
Pashto ېرکېنبراند
Persian هرکهنبراند
Punjabi ਏਰ੍ਕੇਨ੍ਬ੍ਰਨ੍ਦ
Russian Эркенбранд
Sanskrit एर्केन्ब्रन्द्
Serbian Еркенбранд (Cyrillic) Erkenbrand (Latin)
Sinhalese ඒර්කෙන්බ්‍රඳ්
Tajik Cyrillic Еркенбранд
Tamil ஏர்கெந்ப்ரந்த்
Telugu ఏర్కెన్బ్రన్ద
Ukrainian Cyrillic Еркенбранд
Urdu ارکانبرانڈ
Uzbek Еркенбранд (Cyrillic) Erkenbrand (Latin)
Yiddish ערקענבראַנד