The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Bergil Character Analysis

Bergil is the ten-year-old son of Beregond and a friend to Pippin. On Pippin’s first day in Minas Tirith, he shows him around the city. When the wagons transport the women and children from Minas Tirith, Bergil stays behind with a few of the other young boys, serving during the battle as an aid to the Healers. Upon Aragorn’s request, he sources a few leaves of kingsfoil that prove vital to Faramir, Merry, and Éowyn’s recovery.
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Bergil Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Bergil appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5, Chapter 1 
Expectation vs. Ability Theme Icon
...the lowest level, a group of children runs towards him. One of the boys is Bergil, Beregond’s son. Pippin tells him Beregond sent him, and he asks Bergil to show him... (full context)
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
...Denethor. Once all the arriving parties have entered the city, night begins to fall, and Bergil and Pippin hurry inside too. Pippin heads back to his lodgings to find Gandalf—but Gandalf... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 8
Expectation vs. Ability Theme Icon
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...the Houses of Healing. Merry is too weak to make it all the way, but Bergil runs past on an errand for the Healers and Pippin asks him to send for... (full context)
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
Expectation vs. Ability Theme Icon
...on by Denethor’s cruelty. He kneels beside Faramir, calling his name more and more faintly. Bergil runs in with six leaves of kingsfoil. Aragorn breathes on two of the leaves and... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 10
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...moves off. Merry is left lonely again. Everyone he cares for has gone into battle. Bergil, who has been standing beside Merry watching the army leave, tries to cheer him by... (full context)