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Helm Hammerhand was the ninth King of Rohan, and the end of the first line of its Kings. His rule was plagued by war with the Dunlendings that attempted to usurp his rule of Rohan.


Helm was born in TA 2691 and was the son of Gram. He became king in TA 2741 at the age of fifty, when Gram died after years of open warfare with the Dunlendings, who operated from the captured fortress of Isengard.

During his reign, King Helm came into conflict with an arrogant and powerful landowner named Freca. Freca was a Dunlending with Rohirric blood; he claimed to be a descendant of King Fréawine of Rohan. Freca held lands in the West-March as well as outside Rohan - both banks of the river Adorn and his stronghold was near its source on the borders of Rohan. Freca viewed King Helm with both contempt and scorn, while Helm mistrusted Freca and was wary of him.

In TA 2754, Freca attempted to intimidate and coerce King Helm into giving his approval and consent to an arranged marriage between Freca's son Wulf and Helm's daughter. Freca marched to a meeting of the King's council in Edoras with a large number of retainers, planning to threaten the King into complying with his demands. In the resulting quarrel, Helm Hammerhand smote Freca with single blow from his fist. The blow was so great Freca died soon after. Enraged, the men of Freca left Edoras, and King Helm declared Wulf and his kin enemies of the King.

Four years later in TA 2758, a combined force of Dunlendings under the leadership of Wulf, Corsairs of Umbar and Easterlings overran Rohan. Helm was defeated in battle at the Crossings of Isen, and withdrew into the Súthburg at Helm's Deep (which was later renamed in his honor). There, he endured a long siege.

While King Helm and his younger son Prince Háma were besieged in the Hornburg, a force of Dunlendings under the leadership of Wulf also besieged Edoras. Prince Haleth, King Helm's elder son, led the defence of Edoras. He was the last to fall defending the doors of the Golden Hall.

Shortly after Yule 2758, Prince Háma accompanied by a small force went out to search for food, but he and his men were lost in a blizzard and never seen again. The Súthburg held a large war-horn, and whenever it was blown, Helm would break through the Dunlending ranks, slaying many of their men. Helm's enemies came to fear him greatly during this time and it was believed that he became so fierce and terrible, that he slew many of them with his bare hands. It was also believed that when he grew hungry and had no food he ate men.

It was said that grief and hunger made Helm more ferocious. After one such sortie, Helm died and did not return; his body was discovered the next morning frozen in the snow still standing, his eyes open, ready to fight. This led to a belief among the Rohirrim and Dunlendings that even in death the wraith of Helm Hammerhand still wandered through Rohan, and defended the Hornburg. Helm died in TA 2759 at the age of sixty-eight. Prince Haleth and Prince Háma also died during the war; his nephew Fréaláf Hildeson, who defeated the Dunlendings, succeeded Helm.

Helm was called Hammerhand because of his great strength and prowess with his fists: he was known to fight barehanded. This is sometimes attributed to a superstition that if "he used no weapon no weapon would upon bite him".[1][2]

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings Online tapestry: Hammerhand's Horn

In The Lord of the Rings Online a tapestry depicting Helm Hammerhand is found in the Mead Hall of Aldburg and can be acquired for use in player's houses.

Helm and his daughter as seen in Middle-earth: Shadow of War

In the video game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Helm is shown to have become a Nazgûl. He received his ring from Sauron and Celebrimbor after he was mortally wounded in an ambush during which his daughter was kidnapped. After recovering, he led a group of men to the man responsible for the ambush, but accidentally fatally struck his daughter in rage. This further fueled his anger, and he proceeded to slaughter everyone in the room, including his own troops who tried to calm him down. He wields a great hammer unlike the Helm of the books, and the story appears to have been pushed up to the end of the Second Age in order to fit in with the game's timeline. His hammer later ends up in the hands of Talion after the latter joins the nine himself.

House of Eorl

Eorl the Young
Fréaláf Hildeson
Brytta Léofa



Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Helm Hamerhand
Albanian Helm Çekiç-dorë
Amharic ሐልም መዶሻ-እጅ
Arabic رأس هاميرهاند
Armenian Հելմ մուրճ-ձեռք
Azerbaijani Helm Çəkic-əl
Basque Helm Mailueskuan
Belarusian Cyrillic Хельме Молоторукий
Bengali হেল্ম হাতুড়ি-হাত
Bosnian Helm Batošak
Bulgarian Cyrillic Шлем Чук-ръка
Catalan Helm Mademartell
Cebuano Helm Pakang-kamot
Chinese 聖盔·鎚手
Cornish Helm Morthol-dorn
Corsican Helm Martìaddumanu
Croatian Helm Batošak
Czech Helm Kladivo
Danish Helm Hammer-hånd
Dutch Helm Hamerhand
Esperanto Helm Martelo-mano
Estonian Helm Haamer-käsi
Faroese Helm Hamar-hond
Filipino Helm Martilyokamay
Finnish Helm Vasarakoura
French Helm Main-Marteau
Frisian Helm Hammer-hân
Galician Helm Man do martelo
Georgian ჰელმი ჩაქუჩი-მხრივ
Greek Ηελμ χέρι-Σφυρί
Gujarati હેલ્મ હેમરહાથ
Hausa Helm Guduma-hannu
Hawaiian Helm Hāmare-lima
Hebrew הֶלם יד-המקבת
Hindi हेल्म हथौड़ा-हाथ
Hmong Helm Rauj txhais tes
Hungarian Pörölykezű Helm
Icelandic Helm Hamar-hönd
Igbo Helm Hama-n'aka
Indonesian Helm Palu-tangan
Irish Gaelic Helm Casúr-lámh
Italian Helm Mandimartello
Japanese ヘルム ハンマー手
Javanese Helm Pethel-tangan
Kannada ಹೆಲ್ಮ್ ಹ್ಯಾಮರ್-ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ
Kazakh Һелм Балға-қол (Cyrillic) Helm Balğa-qol (Latin)
Korean 무쇠손 헬름
Kurdish Helm Çakûç-dest (Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Hэлм кол-балка ?
Latin Helm manus-Malleo
Latvian Helm Āmurs-roka
Lithuanian Helm Hlaktukasranka
Macedonian Cyrillic Хелм Чекан-рака
Malagasy Helm Tantanana-tanana
Malaysian Helm Penukul-tangan
Maltese Helm Martell-idejn
Marathi हेल्म हातोडा-हात
Mongolian Cyrillic Hэлм Aлх-гар
Nepalese कर्ण हथौडा-हात
Norwegian Helm Hammer-hånd
Occitan Helm Martèl-man
Persian سکان دست چکش
Polish Helm Żelaznoręki
Portuguese Helm Mão-de-Martelo (Brazil) Helm Mão de Martelo (Portugal)
Punjabi ਹੇਲ੍ਮ ਹਥੌੜਾ-ਹੱਥ
Romanian Helm Mâna-Ciocan
Romansh Helm Martè-maun
Russian Хельм Молоторукий
Samoan Helm Samala-lima
Serbian Helm Čekić-ruka
Scottish Gaelic Helm Òrd-làimh
Sesotho Helm Hamore-letsohong
Sinhalese හෙල්ම් මිටිය-අතට
Slovak Helm Kladivo-ruka
Slovenian Helm Kladivo-roko
Somalian Helm Dubbega-canta
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Helm Manomartillo
Sundanese Helm Palu-leungeun
Swahili Helm Nyundo mkono
Swedish Helm Hammarnäve
Tajik Cyrillic Ҳелм Гурзандозӣ-дасти
Tamil ஹெல்ம் சுத்தி-கை
Tatar Čүkeč-kul (Latin)
Telugu హెల్మ హామర్-చేతి
Thai หางเสือ ค้อนมือ ?
Turkish Helm Çekiçel
Turkmen Helm Mäşe-el
Ukrainian Cyrillic Хелм Молотокрука
Urdu حےلم ہاممرہانڈ
Uzbek Болға-қўл (Cyrillic) Bolg'a-qo'l (Latin)
Vietnamese Helm Búa-tay
Welsh Helm Morthwyl-llaw
Yiddish חעלמ האַממערהאַנד
Yoruba Helm Ikanṣo-ọwọ
King of Rohan
Preceded by
Helm Hammerhand Succeeded by
Fréaláf Hildeson
TA 2741 - TA 2759


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, II: The House of Eorl
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, V: "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"