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

Gamling

Biographical information

Other names
Gamling the Old
Titles
Captain of Helm's Deep Garrison (During the absence of Erkenbrand)
Date of birth
Possibly late Third Age
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Maiden name
Weapon
Sword, lance and bow

Physical description

Race
Culture
Gender
Male
Height
Hair color
Possibly blond
Eye color
Voice
Character


"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.

BiographyEdit

Gamling was from the Westfold and he understood the language of Dunland. Gamling is left in charge of the forces defending Helm's Dike (a fortification across the Deeping-coomb before the stronghold of the Hornburg defending Helm's Deep) by command of Erkenbrand. About 1,000 men had been left to defend Helm's Dike, including Gamling's grandson, and Gamling notes that most of the defenders were either very old (like himself) or very young (like his grandson).

King Théoden of Rohan arrives at Helm's Deep with reinforcements from Edoras on March 3, 3019. As the forces of Isengard approach, Gamling and his men pull back from Helm's Dike and enter the stronghold of the Hornburg. Gamling hears Gimli's warning that Orcs have entered a culvert under the wall and leads the Men of the Westfold in a charge that drives them back.

Gamling then asks Gimli to help block up the opening with small boulders and broken stones with the remark, "We must stop this rat-hole. Dwarves are said to be cunning folk with stone. Lend us your aid, master!" However, Saruman's forces later breach the Deeping Wall using an explosive device. Gamling retreats into the Deep with Gimli and Éomer. There they defend the narrows before the entrance to the Glittering Caves until dawn, when Gandalf and Erkenbrand arrive with reinforcements, and the Battle of the Hornburg is won.

He is later mentioned by Theoden prior to the Charge of Pelennor Fields, where Gamling is told by Theoden to "Follow the king's banner down the centre." He is not seen during or after the battle, and it is assumed he was killed in the charge.

EtymologyEdit

Gamling roughly means "Old one" in Swedish, Icelandic, Danish, and Norwegian.[2]

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

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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

GalleryEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0394126/
  2. 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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