Haleth of the Haladin, by Haleth-(V)
Haleth of the Rohirrim
May 16, 2005
Haleth, daughter of Haldad and twin brother to
Haldar, was one of the few female characters in the Silmarillion who played any
kind of a role. When her father was slain in a battle against the orcs,
Haldar rushed out to save Haldad’s body from the orcs and was also
slain. When the Haladin resigned themselves to death, Haleth took the
leadership and held her people together for a week. When the orcs broke
through the stockade, Caranthir and his host of Elves drove the orcs
into the rivers.
Caranthir offered her the friendship and protection
of the Eldar, as well as her own lands, if she moved to the north.
However, Haleth and her people were proud, and unwilling to be ruled,
so she led her people to Estolad.
Eventually, she desired to move westward again and
led her people between the Mountains of Terror and the Girdle of
Melian. However, she lost many of her people along the road, and others
abandoned her, bitter that they could not return. But many still loved
her, and these she led to the Forest of Brethil.
Felagund later interceded with King Thingol on the
Haladin’s behalf when the latter tried to claim the Forest as their
part of his realm, as long as she guarded the Crossings of Teiglin
against all enemies of the Eldar, and to allow no orcs to enter the
She remained the Haladin’s chief her entire
lifetime, and when she died, Haldan son of Haldar succeeded her. She
dwelt in Brethil to the end of her days. Her people raised a green
mound over her within the forest. They named it Tûr Haretha, the
Ladybarrow, known as Haudh-en-Arwen
In Unfinished Tales,
Haleth was said to be a “renowned Amazon with a picked bodyguard of
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King Helm's son of Rohan