Barlden is the mayor of Hinderstap.
Barlden has thick arms with curled, dark hair, matching his beard and the hair on his head.
Like the rest of the Hinderstap residents, Barlden succumbs to madness during sunset due to a bubble of evil, attacking anyone he can, and then waking up perfectly fine the next morning.
When Matrim Cauthon brings his party into Hinderstap, Barlden desperately tries to make them leave in time without giving away their predicament, but fails. After Mat and his party survive a night in the village, Barlden sends them away, as there is nothing they can do to help.