Beregond and Bergil

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This article is about the Guard of the Citadel in Minas Tirith. For the Steward of Gondor, see Beregond (Steward).

Beregond and Bergil are fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, appearing in The Return of the King.

Beregond[edit]

Beregond is the first Captain of the White Company; the guard of Faramir, Prince of Ithilien; and previously, a member of the Third Company of the Guard of the Citadel in Minas Tirith. He is appointed to this rank after he saves Faramir's life during the Siege of Minas Tirith. In the novel, he and his son Bergil were also noted for being the guides of Pippin Took in Minas Tirith. The two form a deep friendship and talk about their various troubles. In later battle, Beregond and Pippin are stunned and crushed by the bodies of oncoming enemies. Both are saved when Gimli notices the familiar shape of Pippin's foot and digs for him.

Bergil[edit]

Bergil
Tolkien's legendarium character
Race Man
Book(s) The Return of the King

Bergil is the older son of Beregond of Gondor.

He was born in T.A. 3009. A boy of ten at the time of the War of the Ring, he is one of the few children allowed to remain in Minas Tirith during that period. He guides Peregrin Took throughout the city when he first arrives, and they watch the arrival of soldiers from other parts of Gondor from the gate of the city together, becoming very good friends in the process.[1] During the siege of Minas Tirith, Bergil helped the healers of the city as an errand runner and so eventually contributed to the healing of Faramir, the Steward's son and later Prince of Ithilien.

In The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Bergil and his father were both left out, their deeds transferred to Peregrin and Gandalf. Of Bergil's destiny the novel or its appendices tell nothing. His younger brother, Borlas of Pen-arduin, was in old age central to The New Shadow, the soon-abandoned draft for a The Lord of the Rings sequel published in The Peoples of Middle-earth.

Bergil had an uncle named Iorlas, the same age as Pippin. It is not certain whether Iorlas was the brother of Beregond or of Bergil's mother, although Iorlas does not follow the alliterative pattern evident in males known to be related to Beregond (Bergil, Borlas).

Character assessment[edit]

Bergil is one of the few children in The Lord of the Rings who is affected by the course of war.[2] By refusing to leave the endangered city, he, like many other characters in the novel, turns into an "unlikely hero" and "courageously serves his 'master' and his country in ways unanticipated by his father, Beregond".[3] His friendship and loyalty to Peregrin Took contributes greatly to establishing the latter's affinity to Gondor.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drout, Michael D.C. (2006). J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-96942-0. 
  2. ^ Croft, Janet B. (2004). War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Praeger. ISBN 978-0-313-32592-2. 
  3. ^ Chance, Jane (2001). Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power. The University Press of Kentucky. pp. 103–104. ISBN 978-0-8131-9017-4. 
  4. ^ McKinney Wiggins, Kayla (2007). Croft, Janet B.; Donald E. Palumbo C.W. Sullivan III, ed. The Person of a Prince, Echoes of Hamlet in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (in Tolkien And Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes And Language). McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-2827-4. 

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