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Bruce Hopkins as Gamling in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy


Biographical information

Other names
Gamling the Old
Captain of Meduseld Guard (After the death of Háma)
Date of birth
Possibly late Third Age
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Sword, lance and bow

Physical description

Hair color
Possibly blond
Eye color

"We must stop this rat-hole, Dwarves are said to be cunning folk with stone. Lend us your aid, master."
Gamling to Gimli in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Gamling was a Man of Rohan sometimes known as "Gamling the Old" referenced in The Two Towers and the Return of the King.


Gamling was from the Westfold and he understood the language of Dunland. Gamling was a member of the guards of Meduseld. By the time of the War of the Ring, he was an old man of some sixty three years.[2] Gamling fought at the Battle of the Hornburg and aided Éomer, Gimli, and Grimbold as they defended the gates of the Glittering Caves.[3] Gamling rode to Dunharrow afterwards with the King and supervised the horsemen of Westmark. Gamling carried the banner of the Westfold as the Rohirrim rode to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[4] He was shocked and grieved to find both Théoden and Éowyn dead, though Eowyn was only poisoned by the Black Breath of the Witch-king. He was among the men that went back to Rohan to bury Théoden while the main host of the west marched to the Black Gate. Gamling died at an unknown time possibly in the summer of an unknown year in the early Fourth Age though the cause of the death is unknown.[citation needed]         


Gamling roughly means "Old one" in Swedish, Icelandic, Danish, and Norwegian.[5]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

In Peter Jackson's The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Gamling is portrayed by the New Zealand actor, Bruce Hopkins.[1] He serves as the main lieutenant to King Théoden, also perhaps his bodyguard, and plays quite a major role in organizing the defenses of Helm's Deep, as in the Book. Gamling, unlike in the Book, does not aid the entrance to the Glittering Caves, as such, but instead rides out with the remaining defenders towards the main Uruk-hai army outside.

Gamling again appears in the Return of the King, and rides to Dunharrow with the other Rohirrim, but shows doubts towards Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli leaving towards the lair of the Army of the Dead, instead of staying with the people of Rohan to fight. Gamling is present at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, where he can be seen firing arrows at various Mûmakil, and slaying one. Gamling survives the Battle of the Pelennor Fields and appears at Aragorn's crowning after the battle.

In the films, Gamling's role is greatly expanded actually appears to be a mesh of several different characters from the books. In the books he only appears as the captain of the permanent garrison of men located at Helm's Deep and in this role he likely answered to Théodred, the Second Marshall before his death and later to Erkenbrand. In the films he first appears in Meduseld, apparently either second in command to Hama the door warden, or a replacement of Déorwine, the captain of Théoden's knights.The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

During the third film he is shown to be one of the three main captains of Rohan during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, appearing replacing Elfhelm. He is also appears to replace Guthláf the banner-bearer who in the books used a great horn to signal the charge of the Rohirrim. In the film, Gamling is seen to do this at the start of the battle and later when Théoden ordered a charge against the Mumakil.

Gamling was killed during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, near the location where Théoden died and where Gothmog was killed by Aragorn and Gimli, unknowingly saving the life of Éowyn.

Radio seriesEdit

Gamling was in the The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series) where he was voiced by Patrick Barrin.

Video GamesEdit


Gamling in the LEGO Lord Of The Rings Video Game

Gamling makes an appearance in The Lord of the Rings Online and LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game. He is also a playable character, and can be purchased in Fangorn Forest along with Grishnákh . For an unknown reason, his hair is in white instead of blond like in the movie.

Voice Dubbing actorsEdit

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Herman López
Spanish (Spain) Domenech Farell
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Luiz Antônio Lobue
German Frank Röth
Czech (Czech Republic) Jaroslav Kaňkovský
Slovak Miroslav Trnavský
Italian (Italy) Roberto Draghetti
Hungarian Csaba Krisztián Csík
Turkish Ayhan Kahya

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 加姆林


Gamling in Edoras
Gamling and Háma
Gamling and King Théoden
Gamling on horse


  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter VII: "Helm's Deep"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter VIII: "The Road to Isengard"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter VI: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 758

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