Biography and HistoryEdit
At the time of the War of the Ring, Erkenbrand had retired from service to Théoden, but returned after the death of Théoden's son, Théodred, to command the forces of Rohan in its western regions. He defended the Westfold until he was retrieved by Gandalf to aid the besieged forces at Helm's Deep. He aided Gandalf during the Battle of the Hornburg when he and the White Wizard (Gandalf) led a thousand footmen to reinforce the besieged forces of Rohan. After the War of the Ring Erkenbrand was granted the title of Marshal of the West-Mark by King Éomer .
Erkenbrand was a warrior of great renown and was a mighty leader. He went into battle with a red shield.
EtymologyEditErkenbrand is a name that comes from two Old English words: Eorcan (meaning "precious") and Brand (meaning "sword").
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
Erkenbrand does not appear in Peter Jackson's film of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Instead, it is Éomer whom Gandalf sets out to find and returns with in the dawn of the final battle at Helm's Deep. However he does make a brief appearance in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. He also appears in the game The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring, and in mods for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II.