Elfhelm, Marshal of the East-mark
My Lord’s Commands
- Elfhelm reports the scout’s bad tidings to the king
“But soon Elfhelm returned. ‘The scouts have found naught to report beyond the Grey Wood, lord,’ he said, ‘save two men only: two dead men and two dead horses.’”
Marshal of the East-mark
- Elfhelm marshals the forces of Rohan.
- During the Siege of Mundburg he led an éored. It was after WotR that he was given the Marshal of the East-mark.
“’With the help of Shadowfax – and others,’ said Gandalf. ‘I rode fast and far. But here beside the mound I will say this for your comfort: many fell in the battles of the Fords, but fewr than rumour made them. More were scattered than were slain; I gathered together all that I could find. Some men I sent with Grimbold of Westfold to join Erkenbrand. Some I set to make this burial. They have now followed your marshal, Elfhelm. I sent him with many Riders to Edoras.”
Hewing, Slaying, Driving
- The tactics of the Rohirrim at the Seige of Mundburg, Elfhelm was sent towards those forces that were closest to the wall and were setting fire to the city
“Ahead nearer the walls Elfhelm’s men were among the siege-engines, hewing, slaying, driving their foes into the fire-pits. Well nigh all the northern half of the Pelennor was overrun, and there camps were blazing, orcs were flying towards the River like herds before the hunters; and the Rohirrim went hither and thither at their will.”
Fan-fiction direction 1: It is a Galathrim or Noldor helmet. Antiquated and blessed with their power of craft. It gives a passive and magical protection. His name is a title that means Elvish Helm.
Fan-fiction direction 2: Blessed from birth for elfish protection. The Rohirrim are wary of the elf-witch of Dwimordene; Aelfhelm translates to protection from magic, protection against elves as they saw them. The word AElfhelm in old English can suggest this interpretation, which is why I used the archaic spelling above.
Either way you interpret his name I'd recommend a distinctive helmet: elvish, elvish inspired or simply unique.
A tall figure loomed up and stumbled over him, cursing the tree-roots. He recognized the voice of the Marshal, Elfhelm.
Overall I like the current suggestions, which may be posted below my post =p , Elfhelm, a cavalry-archer hero, some form of special leadership, the ability to summon or scout, a late power that references the East-mark, maybe another leadership that can be earlier but that only is given to East-mark units, some special ability to do with anti-seige. He'd be early game because he brought reinforcements from Edoras to save Grimbold at the First Battle of the Fords of Isen.
Edited by MattTheLegoman, 28 September 2018 - 06:52 AM.