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e'lfhild
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Literally 'Elf battle'1

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Elfhild

Théoden’s queen

Queen to King Théoden of Rohan, and mother to his son Théodred. We know almost nothing of Elfhild's life, except that she died in childbirth, leaving Théoden a widower and Théodred motherless. At the time of the War of the Ring, Rohan had been without a queen for forty years.


Notes

1

Old English hild literally means 'battle', but the word was adapted over time to become a female forename. It's not completely clear how this evolution happened, though the connection was perhaps originally because the Old Norse form Hildr was used as the name of one of the Valkyries. The implication is that Tolkien used Elfhild to translate a name with similar mythological connections in the traditions of the Rohirrim.

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Théodred

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