The Return of the King

The Return of the King


J. R. R. Tolkien

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Hirgon Character Analysis

Hirgon is a messenger sent from Gondor to ask Théoden for Rohan’s assistance in the battle at Minas Tirith. He carries a red arrow, which marks him out as an official messenger of war. The scouts of the Rohirrim find what appears to be Hirgon’s body on the path back to Minas Tirith, because although the head has been removed, the body still holds the red arrow.
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Hirgon Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Hirgon appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5, Chapter 3
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
An errand-rider of Gondor arrives to speak with Théoden. The rider, Hirgon, is carrying a red arrow: a token of war. Denethor sent him to ask for... (full context)
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...the land. Though it’s morning, the sky is dark. He enters Théoden’s quarters to hear Hirgon saying that the cloud has come from Mordor and is a sign that war has... (full context)