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The Horn of Gondor was an heirloom of the Stewards of Gondor, fashioned by Vorondil from a horn of the Kine of Araw, and passed to his descendants, in particular the heirs of the Stewards, until its destruction at the death of Boromir. Tipped with silver and inscribed with ancient characters, it was said to be audible at any place in Gondor when winded.[1]


Boromir blowing the Horn of Gondor in the battle at Parth Galen

The horn was crafted before the line of the Kings of Gondor was broken, when Vorondil the Hunter, father of Mardil Voronwë, hunted the wild Kine of Araw in the far fields of Rhûn.[2] It was said that "if it be blown at need anywhere within the bounds of Gondor, as the realm was of old, its voice will not pass unheeded."[3]

Boromir blew it before leaving Rivendell with the Fellowship, as he always did when setting out on a journey. He sounded it again in Moria, causing the Orcs and even the Balrog to pause in their advance. The third time he blew it was on the banks of Parth Galen, calling for help in defending Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. This last call, in addition to being heard by Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, was faintly heard by his brother Faramir and his father Denethor II. The horn was broken into two pieces during Boromir's last fight with the Orcs and Uruk-hai of Saruman at Amon Hen, and placed by Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli with Boromir's body at his final send-off over the Falls of Rauros.[3]

Some days later, the two halves were found by the Rangers of Ithilien in separate locations on the Anduin, and returned to Denethor in Minas Tirith.[1] Denethor kept them in his lap for some time, where they were witnessed by Gandalf and Peregrin Took at their arrival in the city.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations


The horn appears in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, though it is not heard when the newly formed Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell, nor in the escape from the Balrog in Moria. The horn is only used at the Skirmish at Amon Hen prior to Boromir's death.

Faramir holding the broken horn

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the horn is absent from Faramir's vision of Boromir in the boat from Lórien. However, Faramir is shown to have possession of the horn after the Rangers under his command capture Frodo and Sam. Later, when Gandalf and Pippin arrive in Minas Tirith, the broken horn is being held by Denethor, Boromir's father.

Fan film

The fan-made film Horn of Gondor (2020) depicts a lesser-known section of Middle-earth history, set 500 years before The Lord of the Rings - specifically, the invasion of the Balchoth, and Cirion's need for placing trust in the Éothéod to Gondor's north.

Video games

The Horn of Gondor appears in the Wii and PS3 version of The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest as an item that unlocks a late-game ability called "Rally". Obtained in the penultimate level, Pelennor Fields, it allows Aragorn to boost the courage and defense of nearby allies accompanying him.

In LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game, both Boromir and Boromir (Captain) carry a Horn of Gondor. It can destroy enemies when blown.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Horing van Gondor
Albanian Bri i Gondorit
Bosnian Rog Gondora
Catalan Banya de Góndor
Croatian Rog Gondora
Czech Gondorův roh
Danish Gondors horn
Dutch Hoorn van Gondor
Esperanto Korno de Gondor
French Corne du Gondor
German Horn von Gondor
Greek Βούκινο της Γκόντορ
Italian Corno di Gondor
Lithuanian Gondoro ragas
Maltese Qarn tal-Gondor
Norwegian Gondors horn
Polish Wielki Róg
Portuguese Chifre de Gondor
Romanian Cornul din Gondor
Russian Рог Гондора
Slovenian Gondorjev rog
Spanish Cuerno de Gondor
Swedish Gondors horn