|Borandil is a member of the the lord's warriors who is serving at Elnost. Borandil has been selected to accompany the party to ensure that the terms of the contract are met. He carries the authorization which will allow funds to be dispersed from the treasury at Carandor.
A tall warrior of mixed blood — in what proportions he has no idea — Borandil has been chosen to accompany the party because of his nickname: Trollhopper. He acquired this name in an incident in the East-wood in which a patrol he was leading took to the trees to avoid a particularly dangerous Troll. The Troll was unfortunate enough to be standing under Borandil's tree as Borandil lost his perch. He landed right on the Troll's shoulder. Fortunately for Borandil, the point of his sword thrust into the neck of the Troll as he landed, killing the Troll almost instantly. Back at Elnost, Borandil tried to explain the unusual angle of the sword thrust as the result of a prodigious leap which carried him over the Troll as he landed the telling blow. His companions told a different tale, but Borandil was still tagged with the mockheroic nickname of Trollhopper.
As can be seen from the preceding tale, Borandil lacks the stoic bravery usual to the Northmen. He is quite capable of abandoning the group at truly critical moments. He has seen enough action, however, to stand up to any situation that does not threaten the integrity of the party.