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Dates
Extant in III 3019, and said to be an old man at this date
Race
Division
Culture
Settlements
Served on the defences of Helm's Deep
Pronunciation
ga'mling
Meaning
'Old man'
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Gamling

A wise leader at Helm's Deep

Gamling
(Unnamed son)
(Unnamed grandson)1

The leader of the watchers of Helm's Dike, an old man, though still a commanding presence at the time of the Battle of the Hornburg. Despite his age, he was still a brave fighter - in that Battle, it was Gamling who first realized that Orcs had penetrated the Deep through its culvert, and he led the counterattack himself.

Gamling seems to have been brought up in the western valleys of Rohan - at least, he understood the tongue of Dunland that was still spoken in those regions.


Notes

1

Though Gamling's son and grandson are never named, we can be sure that they existed. During the preparations for the Battle of the Hornburg, Gamling refers to his 'son's son', who indeed fought in the battle himself, though his grandfather considered him too young to do so (from The Two Towers III 7, Helm's Deep).

See also...

Helmingas, The Old

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