Helm Hammerhand was the ninth King of Rohan and last King of the first line. His rule was plagued by war with the Dunlendings, who attempted to usurp his rule of Rohan.


Helm was born in TA 2691 and was the son of Gram. He became King at the age of fifty when his father Gram died in TA 2741 during a time of crisis. His father had fought open warfare with the Dunlendings, who operated from the captured fortress of Isengard.

During his reign, King Helm came into conflict with an arrogant, wealthy, and powerful landowner named Freca. Freca was a Dunlending with Rohirric blood; he claimed to be a descendant of King Fréawine of Rohan. Freca held lands - both banks of the river Adorn and his stronghold was near its source on the borders of Rohan. Freca viewed King Helm with both contempt and scorn, while Helm mistrusted Freca and was wary of him.

In TA 2754, Freca attempted to intimidate and coerce King Helm into giving his approval and consent to an arranged marriage between Freca's son Wulf and Helm's daughter. Freca marched to a meeting of the King's council in Edoras with a great force of men, planning to threaten the King into complying with his demands. In the resulting quarrel, Helm Hammerhand smote Freca with single blow from his fist. The blow was so great Freca died soon after. Enraged, the men of Freca left Edoras, and King Helm declared Wulf and his kin enemies of the King.

Four years later in TA 2758, a combined force of Dunlendings under the leadership of Wulf, and the Corsairs of Umbar overran Rohan. Helm was defeated in battle at the Crossings of Isen, and Helm withdrew into the Hornburg at Helm's Deep (which was later renamed in his honor). There, he endured a long siege.

While King Helm and his younger son Prince Háma were besieged in the Hornburg, a force of Dunlendings under the leadership of Wulf also besieged Edoras. Prince Haleth, King Helm’s elder son who was the last defender to fall, led the defence of Edoras. He fell defending the doors of the Golden Hall.

Both Prince Háma and King Helm died during the Siege of the Hornburg. Shortly after Yule 2758, Prince Háma accompanied by a small force attempted a forage mission, but he and his men were lost in a blizzard and never seen again. The Hornburg held a large war-horn, and whenever it was blown, Helm would break through the Dunlending ranks, slaying many of their men. It is believed that many of the men he killed he did so with his bare hands.

It was said that grief and hunger made Helm more ferocious. After one such sortie, Helm died and did not return; his body was discovered the next morning frozen in the snow still standing, his eyes open, ready to fight. This led to a belief among the Rohirrim and Dunlendings that even in death the wraith of Helm Hammerhand still wandered through Rohan, and defended the Hornburg. Helm died in TA 2759 at the age of sixty-eight. Prince Haleth and Prince Háma also died during the conflict; his nephew Fréaláf Hildeson, who defeated the Dunlendings, succeeded Helm.

Helm was called Hammerhand because of his great strength and prowess with his fists: he was known to fight barehanded. This is sometimes attributed to a superstition that if "he used no weapon no weapon would upon bite him".

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House of EorlEdit

Eorl the Young
Fréaláf Hildeson
Brytta Léofa


Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

In the video game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, he is a boss fight as a Nazgûl. He wields a great hammer unlike the Helm of the books, and the story appears to be a good bit different, as his date of birth is believed to have been pushed up to the end of the Second Age in order to fit in with the game's timeline.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Helm Hamer-hand
Albanian Helm Çekiç-dorë
Amharic ሐልም መዶሻ-እጅ
Arabic رأس هاميرهاند
Armenian Հելմ մուրճ-ձեռք
Azerbaijani Helm Çəkic-əl
Basque Helm Mailueskuan
Belarusian Cyrillic Хельме Молоторукий
Bengali হেল্ম হাতুড়ি-হাত
Bosnian Helm Batošak
Bulgarian Cyrillic Шлем Чук-ръка
Burmese ဟေလ္မ္တူလက် ?
Catalan Helm Martell de la mà
Cebuano Helm Pakang-kamot
Chinese 聖盔·鎚手
Cornish Helm Morthol-dorn
Corsican Helm Martìaddumanu
Croatian Helm Batošak
Czech Helm Kladivo
Danish Helm Hammer-hånd
Dutch Helm Hamer-hand
Esperanto Helm Martelo-mano
Estonian Helm Haamer-käsi
Faroese Helm Hamar-hond
Filipino Helm Martilyokamay
Finnish Helm Vasarakoura
French Helm Mainmarteau
Frisian Helm Hammer-hân
Galician Helm Man do martelo
Georgian ჰელმი ჩაქუჩი-მხრივ
Greek Ηελμ χέρι-Σφυρί
Gujarati હેલ્મ હેમરહાથ
Hausa Helm Guduma-hannu
Hawaiian Helm Hāmare-lima
Hebrew הֶלם יד-המקבת
Hindi हेल्म हथौड़ा-हाथ
Hmong Helm Rauj txhais tes
Hungarian Pörölykezű Helm
Icelandic Helm Hamar-hönd
Igbo Helm Hama-n'aka
Indonesian Helm Palu-tangan
Irish Gaelic Helm Casúr-lámh
Italian Helm Mandimartello
Japanese ヘルム ハンマー手
Javanese Helm Pethel-tangan
Kannada ಹೆಲ್ಮ್ ಹ್ಯಾಮರ್-ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ
Kazakh Cyrillic Һелм Балға-қол
Korean 무쇠손 헬름
Kurdish Helm Çakûç-dest (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Hэлм кол-балка ?
Latin Helm manus-Malleo
Latvian Helm Āmurs-roka
Lithuanian Helm Hlaktukasranka
Macedonian Cyrillic Хелм Чекан-рака
Malagasy Helm Tantanana-tanana
Malay Helm Penukul-tangan
Maltese Helm Martell-idejn
Marathi हेल्म हातोडा-हात
Mongolian Cyrillic Hэлм Aлх-гар
Nepalese कर्ण हथौडा-हात
Norwegian Helm Hammer-hånd
Occitan Helm Martèl-man
Polish Helm Żelaznoręki
Persian سکان دست چکش
Portuguese (Brazil) Helm Mão-de-Martelo
Portuguese (Portugal) Helm Mão de Martelo
Punjabi ਹੇਲ੍ਮ ਹਥੌੜਾ-ਹੱਥ
Romanian Helm Mâna-Ciocan
Romansh Helm Martè-maun
Russian Хельм Молоторукий
Samoan Helm Samala-lima
Scottish Gaelic Helm Òrd-làimh
Sesotho Helm Hamore-letsohong
Sinhalese හෙල්ම් මිටිය-අතට
Slovak Helm Kladivo-ruka
Slovenian Helm Kladivo-roko
Somalian Helm Dubbega-canta
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Helm Manomartillo
Sudanese Helm Palu-leungeun
Swahili Helm Nyundo mkono
Swedish Helm Hammare-handen
Tajik Cyrillic Ҳелм Гурзандозӣ-дасти
Tamil ஹெல்ம் சுத்தி-கை
Tatar Čүkeč-kul (Latin)
Telugu హెల్మ హామర్-చేతి
Thai หางเสือ ค้อนมือ ?
Turkish Helm Çeki-çeli
Turkmen Helm Mäşe-el
Ukrainian Cyrillic Хелм Молотокрука
Urdu حےلم ہاممرہانڈ
Uzbek Болға-қўл (Cyrillic) Bolg'a-qo'l (Latin)
Vietnamese Helm Búa-tay
Welsh Helm Morthwyl-llaw
Yiddish חעלמ האַממערהאַנד
Yoruba Helm Ikanṣo-ọwọ
King of Rohan
Preceded by
Helm Hammerhand Succeeded by
Fréaláf Hildeson
TA 2741 - TA 2759

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