One of the Elven horses, Asfaloth was naturally faster than even the steeds of the Nazgûl. When Glorfindel finds Aragorn and the Hobbits on their way from Weathertop to Rivendell, he carries Frodo Baggins across the Bruinen. Glorfindel comments that "my horse will not let any rider fall that I command him to bear." Asfaloth obeys verbal commands from his master, racing off when Glorfindel tells him to, even though his rider Frodo doesn't give him any signal to run. After the Nazgûl attempt to cross the Ford of Bruinen and drown in its floodwaters, Asfaloth stands guard over the fallen Frodo until his friends can reach him.
Behind the ScenesEdit
In one of letters for J. R. R. Tolkien, he reveals that Glorfindel doesn't use bridle and bit when riding Asfaloth. Instead, he would have an "ornamental headstall, carrying a plume, and with the straps studded with jewels and small bells". As promised, he later changed the bridle and bit to headstall.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit
Three white Andalusians were used: Florian, the hero horse; Hero, used for high speed chases; and Odie, which was used for scenes in which Arwen was unhorsed.
- In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game), Asfaloth is sent by Glorfindel to take Frodo to Rivendell.
- In The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II, Glorfindel rides with Asfaloth.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XII: "Flight to the Ford"
- ↑ Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- ↑ The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, 211 To Rhona Beare
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)