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A Man of the Wold

One of the Riders of Rohan who followed Théoden to Minas Tirith. His home was in the Wold, the wild grasslands of Rohan's northern border, and in these northern lands he had acquired a special weather-sense. It was he who first reported a change in the wind during the long ride, a change that augured the end of Sauron's looming darkness. Tolkien nowhere offers an interpretation of Wídfara's name, but its most likely source would seem to be the Anglo-Saxon words for 'wide traveller'.

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