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Red Arrow
Background Information
Other Names
Manufacturer Men of Gondor
Made Steel
Usage For summoning allies
Owners Borondir, Hirgon
Books The Lord of the Rings

The Red Arrows were arrows that were used by Gondor to summon its allies in time of need.


Its fletching was black and its barb was made of steel, and it took its name from a mark of red painted on the arrow's tip, standing for blood to show the situation was serious. The black fletching were like the Orc arrows.[1]


First mention of the Red Arrow is when Borondir of Gondor and five other messengers rode north along Anduin to seek out Gondor's old allies, the Éothéod, when Gondor was being overrun by Easterlings, in TA 2509. Borondir was the only survivor, and presented the Red Arrow to the Éothéod King Eorl the Young.[2]

Later it became a summons for the Rohirrim. The Red Arrow was presented to Rohan by Hirgon, Gondor's messenger in the War of the Ring. As a result, King Théoden rode out with the Rohirrim to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Théoden's forces were a great aid to the hard-pressed soldiers of Gondor, though the King was slain in the battle.[1]

It is not certain where the Red Arrow came from: it is possible that the tradition was an old one and that Gondor had always summoned its allies this way, but another possibility is that Borondir actually took an Orc arrow with a bloody tip to present to the Éothéod, to prove that the situation was as bad as his message stated.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 朱紅箭

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter III: "The Muster of Rohan"
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"

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