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Théoden - King of Rohan

In the beginning of the Two Towers Théoden is King of Rohan but is highly incapacitated as Saruman and Wormtounge have invaded his mind so that "He recognises neither friend from foe. Not even his own kin." And thus allows Wormtounge free reign over the kingdom which in turn lets Saruman plan to destroy the world of men - starting with Rohan. Éomer is banished because he tries to get the King to see what is happening whilst his sister Éowyn stays and tries to reach her uncle. He doesn't even realise that his only son Théodred has been killed (by Wormtounge's designs of course), it is only when Gandalf the White draws Saruman away that he regains his senses, "I recognise you." It is at Aragorn's insistence that he lets Wormtounge go, "Enough blood has been split because of him."

He visits his sons' grave outside of Edoras, "The young die, whilst the old linger... No parent should have to bury their child." He is protective of Éowyn when the Warg riders attack "You must lead the people to Helm's Deep." "I can fight." "No, please Éowyn, do this for me."

Aragorn and Gandalf tell Théoden the state of his country and he tells Aragorn, "When last I notice, Théoden was King of Rohan not Aragorn." He refuses to send a force to stop the invasion and instead retreats his city to the fortress of Helm's Deep. After the loss of Aragorn, he fortifies the fortress of Helm's Deep and when Aragorn returns with news of the force amassing he refuses to send out riders to the Elves or Dwarves or even to Gondor "Where was Gondor at Waterford?" He seems to suffer from indecision and pride, he is overly confident, "Helm's Deep will not fall, whilst my men defend it." He is too blind to see that even Helm's Deep has it's weaknesses. He is pleased when Haldir and his Elves appear and is happy to use them.

When the Keep is lost, he re-boards up the entrance and retreats into the Glittering Caves and is convinced by Aragorn to ride out - he dons his helmet and gallops into the remaining Orc force and is relieved to see that Éomer has returned with Gandalf. His part in the battle for Middle Earth is not over and we will see much more of him in Return of the King.

Yep Théoden returns in King of course, and he even takes the oath of Merry. As Gondor's becons are lit Théoden gathers the Rohirrim to gather at Dunharrow ready to ride to the aide of Gondor. Aragorn goes with him to the camp as does Éowyn but soon leaves on the eve of riding to take the Paths of the Dead and Théoden insists that both Éowyn and Merry stay behind - but they have other ideas. "Ride now, ride now, ride to ruin and the world's ending!" chants Théoden as his army sees the amazing troops laying siege to Gondor. The Rohrrim ride into the flank of the Orc army, quickly laying it to waste by trampling over the Orcs, but then the Oliphaunts arrive which in turn squish the horses. As hope is rekindled Théoden is struck by the leader of Sauron's army - the WitchKing of Angmar, lying prone underneath his horse, Théoden can do nothing as the WitchKing advances until a single warrior steps in his path, brandishing a sword and shield, "Leave him alone." For it is Éowyn, she battles with the WitchKing and kills him, damaging her arm in the process but it is already too late for Théoden, "I'm going to save you," she says, her face streaked with tears, "You already have," is his reply. In a touching moment, Théoden, son of Thengel, passes on the plains of Pelennor Fields.

In watching the Cast Commentary on TTT:SE, Bernard Hill is an absolute riot when he describes his decision to "stand on one leg" and progressively gets heavier as the rain pelts done during the scene and his ad lib of "Who the **** let you in?" when the Elves arrive. I'm really looking forward listening to the RotK commentary now.

Théoden's poem (from TTT Visual Dictonary by Jude Fisher):
Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the haubrek, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow?

Théodred - only son of Théoden, King of Rohan and heir to the throne. Was ambushed at the Fords of Isen near the Gap of Rohan (by most likely Grima Wormtounge's design) and was fatally wounded. His cousin Éomer returned him to Edoras where his sister, Éowyn looked after Théodred until his death. Upon "waking up" Théoden called for his son, only just remembering that he was dead and visited his grave outside the limits of Edoras. His horse Brego, refused to let anybody ride him, but rescued Aragorn from the river. Théodred is played by Paris Howe Strewe.

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