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Bergil

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Bergil was the older son of Beregond of Gondor. A boy of ten at the time of the War of the Ring, he accompanied Peregrin Took when he first arrived in the city of Minas Tirith. Bergil had an uncle named Iorlas, the same age as Pippin. It is not certain whether Iorlas was the brother of Beregond or of Bergil's mother, although Iorlas does not follow the alliterative pattern evident in males known to be related to Beregond (Bergil, Borlas).

BiographyEdit

Born in TA 3010, Bergil was nine years old at the time when the War of the Ring began. He is one of the few children that remained in Minas Tirith during that when the forces of Mordor were preparing to lay siege on the city. He guides Peregrin Took throughout the city when he and Gandalf arrived, and they became very good friends in the process. Before the armies of Mordor were about to lay siege, Bergil and Pippin witnessed the arrival of several armies from other parts of Gondor to defend the city. During the siege of Minas Tirith, Bergil helped the healers of the city as an errand runner and so eventually contributed to the healing of Faramir, the Steward's son and later Prince of Ithilien.

Bergil who, running errands for the healers of Minas Tirith, told Gandalf where Pippin and the injured Meriadoc Brandybuck were; Merry, suffering from the Black Breath, had gotten lost during the battle over the fields of Pelennor. He was also the one who brought the Athelas leaves to Aragorn; at that time, he showed his love for Faramir by bursting into tears. Bergil also kept Merry company while the Captains of the West led their men off to the Black Gate and then escorted him back to the Houses of Healing.[1]

Of Bergil's destiny the novel or its appendices tell nothing. It is probable that he went with his father into Ithilien after the War of the Ring was over. His younger brother Borlas was central to "The New Shadow", the soon-abandoned draft for a The Lord of the Rings.[2]

PersonalityEdit

Bergil is one of the few children in The Lord of the Rings who is affected by the course of war. By refusing to leave the endangered city, he, like many other characters in the novel, turns into an "unlikely hero" and "courageously serves his 'master' and his country in ways unanticipated by his father, Beregond". His friendship and loyalty to Peregrin Took contributes greatly to establishing the latter's affinity to Gondor.

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EtymologyEdit

Bergil means "Valiant star" from ber ("valiant") and gil ("star").

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Other versions of the legendariumEdit

The name Bergil was considered for the name of Borlas's son, Berelach, who was Bergil's nephew.[3]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

In the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, Bergil and his father were both left out, their deeds being transferred to Peregrin and Gandalf.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter I: "Minas Tirith"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XVI: "The New Shadow"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XVI: "The New Shadow", Notes

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