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Līga Kļaviņa - Glorfindel

Glorfindel, by Līga Kļaviņa

Asfaloth was the trusted white Elven horse of Glorfindel.[1]

HistoryEdit

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.[1]

EtymologyEdit

In Sindarin, Asfaloth means "Sunlit foam", from ast ("sunlight") and faloth ("foam").[2]

Behind the ScenesEdit

In one of letters for J. R. R. Tolkien, he reveals that Glorfindel does not 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.[3]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

Asfaloth

Asfaloth in the trading card game

In Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, Arwen (taking Glorfindel's place) rides a white horse named Asfaloth. Later in Arwen's vision of Eldarion, she rides a white horse, possibly Asfaloth.

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.

Ralph BakshiEdit

In Ralph Bakshi's version of Lord of the Rings, Glorfindel does not appear - instead it was Legolas, but he was shown mounted on a white horse similar to that of Asfaloth.[4]

Video gamesEdit

Elves stands against Angmar forces during The Rise of the Witch-King

Glorfindel rides Asfaloth to battle


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XII: "Flight to the Ford"
  2. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, 211 To Rhona Beare
  4. The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)

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