The Rohirrim at Dawn

 

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The Lord of the Rings

Rohirrim, The people of Rohan. Rohirrim charges at Helmsdeep 3:22

The Rohirrim were descended from the Middle Peoples, Men who shared an ancient kinship with the ancestors of the Edain. Originally descended from the Eotheod of the North. When Eorl was granted the land of Rohan, his people became known as the Rohirrim, from the Elvish for People of the Horse Lords.

King Theoden
Titles Ednew, King of the Mark, King of Rohan, King of the Rohirrim, Lord of the Mark, Lord of the Rohirrim

The son of Thengel; the seventeenth King of Rohan and last of the Second Line. He led the Rohirrim at the Battle of the Hornburg, and was lost defending Minas Tirith in the Battle of the Pelennor. He was succeeded by his nephew, Eomer.
Theoden and The Herugrim
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Gandalf said to Theoden, Your fingers would remember their old strength better if they grasped your sword, and at that moment Theoden's mind cleared, his authority as king returned to him, and his great sword, Herugrim was once more returned to his grasp. Theoden went on to lead the defense of Helms Deep and the charge of the Rohirrim to the aid of Gondor and against the hordes of the enemy that assailed the White City.
Gandalf is an old and wise wizard who carries the ancient sword Glamdring. It is a magical sword that glows in the presence of any enemy and it serves Gandalf with his powerful staff, through the story of The Lord of the Rings.

Eomer and Guthwine
While still a young man of just twenty-six, Eomer, the nephew of King Theoden, was made Third Marshal of Riddermark, and took command of the Riders of Eastfold.
Eomer wielded his sword Guthwine throughout the War of the Ring. Eomer had been imprisoned on the authority of Grima Wormtongue, and when he was released he asked Hama to bring Guthwine to him. Eomer offered his sword to Theoden, and when the King grasped the hilt it seemed as though firmness and strength returned to him. Eomer and Aragorn drew their swords together at the Battle of Helm's Deep and fought to defend the gates of the Hornburg.
Guthwine means battle friend from the Old English guĂ° meaning battle, war and wine meaning friend.

Eowyn , Lady of Rohan
Lady of the Shield-arm, White Lady of Rohan
The granddaughter of King Thengel of Rohan, and sister to Eomer Eadig, who rode in disguise to the Battle of the Pelennor, and there had a part in the slaying of the Lord of the Nazgul. She wedded Faramir, Prince of Ithilien . They attended the coronation of Aragorn Elessar at Minas Tireth together.
Born in Edoras, Eowyn suffered the early death of her parents, and was forced to look after her ailing uncle, King Theoden, whose health was rapidly diminishing under the increasing control of Saruman and Grima Wormtongue. The beautiful and strong Eowyn was trained as a Shield-maiden, and was considered to have surpassed many Rohirrim men in terms of craft and skill. She carried a full-sized sword, which measured nearly three feet in length, from tip to hilt. The bronze guard and pommel were styled beautifully in honor of the mearas, to improve the grip of her small hand upon the sword. The handgrip was crafted with a raised middle section of three bronze rings. A wide fuller groove runs down 3/4 of the blade to reduce the weight, yet still retain critical blade strength. This type of fuller was common among royal swords of the Rohirrim.


Q. The big action piece in The Return of the King is the Battle at Pelennor Fields. How does it compare to the battle at Helms Deep in The Two Towers

A. This battle's bigger. I believe it was 10,000 Uruk-Hai at Helms Deep and this is going to be 200,000 new and improved Orcs at Pelennor Fields. The new Orcs are a bit taller and more scary. There are also huge amounts of horses and stuff that we hadn't really seen before. I've seen bits of it, and it's fantastic.

Q. How much preparation did you do beforehand

A. I started with a trainer for three weeks before I went to New Zealand just to get some fitness. And then I came to New Zealand three weeks before shooting to work with the stunt guys on choreographing the fight and the basic moves, and to work on horse riding.

Q. In some ways, Eowyn is Tolkien's most realized character. How did you approach her

A. I went back to the books continually and photocopied every page she was in. I cut it all out, every line of dialogue or description or movement. Then I did another thing about how other people saw her or felt about her. I just wanted to know everything about how Tolkien perceived her.
source Lord of the Rings.net

Horn of the Mark
Horn of Rohan given to Meriadoc Brandybuck. The Horn of the Mark was given to Merry by Eowyn in recognition of his service to Rohan during the War of the Ring. It was silver with a baldric of green and it was engraved with runes and with horsemen riding in a line winding from the mouth to the tip.
It had been brought to Rohan from the North by Eorl the Young and had once been part of the hoard of Scatha the Worm. It was of Dwarf-make.
Merry sounded the Horn to rally the Hobbits before the Battle of Bywater. It became a tradition in Buckland to sound the Horn every November 2 at sundown, on the anniversary of the first time its call was heard in the Shire. Afterwards there would be bonfires and feasting.

Merry's Sword
Sword of Meriadoc Brandybuck. Dominic Monaghan describes his character, and that of Pippin, Merry and Pippin come across as vibrant characters. Frodo is weighed down by the mission he has to undertake and Sam is terribly serious about doing his job, but these two are really the wild cards in the pack and the spice in the Fellowship.
Merry's sword played a crucial role in the War of the Ring. The sword came from a barrow on the Barrow-downs that may have been the grave of the last prince of Cardolan, who was killed in battle against the forces of Angmar in 1409. The Hobbits were trapped in the barrow by a Barrow-wight and when Merry awoke from the spell cast by the Barrow-wight, he had a memory of a Man who had fought the Witch-king of Angmar long ago. Tom Bombadil rescued the Hobbits and gave them blades from the barrow.
Merry used the sword in Moria and at Amon Hen, where he managed to cut off the hands and arms of several Orcs before he and Pippin were captured. He laid the sword on the lap of King Theoden of Rohan when he became his esquire.
But the final and most important time that Merry used the sword was at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. As Eowyn confronted the Witch-king and was nearly slain, Merry pierced the sinew of the Witch-king's knee, causing the Nazgul to stumble forward. Eowyn then thrust her sword between the Witch-king's crown and mantle and he was vanquished. Afterwards, the blade of Merry's sword disintegrated.

Peregrin Took and Trolls Bane
Pippin is the nickname of Peregrin Took, played by Scottish actor Billy Boyd. The sword he carries has its own unique nickname as well. His whole life revolves around his friends and life in the Shire, although, being a Took he has a tendency to follow the path with a promise of adventure, a very un-hobbit-like habit. Pippin is a close friend of Frodo Baggins and his cousin, Merry, and they have all been inseparable their whole lives while in the Shire.
Pippin and his companions were given swords by Tom Bombadil on the Barrow-downs. The swords had been made for the war against the Witch-king of Angmar by the Men of Westernesse. They were long, leaf-shaped daggers damasked with serpents in red and gold and engraved with characters of Numenor, and they had black sheaths of light metal set with fiery stones.

Transition Item
After Gandalf faced down the Balrog in the mines of Moria, The Fellowship of the Ring went to Lorien . Later, they reached the Falls of Rauros by way of the River Anduin. Beneath Amon Hen, the Fellowship was broken. One of its members, Boromir, was killed, while Frodo and Samwise passed on into the east, and Meriadoc and Peregin were captured by Orcs and carried westward. After some debate, Aragorn resolved to follow the Orcs and rescue Merry and Pippin, and so with Legolas and Gimli he followed their trail untiringly. Eventually they reached the grasslands of Rohan. There, he met with Eomer, who lent him the horse Hasufel, and gave Legolas the swift steed Arod, who faithfully carried his new rider throughout the War of the Ring. For much of this time, Arod transported two riders, since Legolas was often accompanied by his friend Gimli. So the Three Hunters were able to resume their search on horseback.

 

The Last Alliance - Elendil and Narsil
The Sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and the rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes; for Aragorn Strider son of Arathorn was going to war upon the marches of Mordor. Very bright was that sword when it was made whole again; the light of the sun shone redly in it, and the light of the moon shone cold, and its edge was hard and keen.

Middle-earth navigation

Strider meets the four Hobbits from the Shire at the Inn of the Prancing Pony. He helps them elude the riders in black and leads them into the wild to an ancient outlook tower.

The Hobbits prepare a midnight snack where their campfire can be seen for miles, so they attract the nine Nazgul who are chasing down the Ring of Power. Strider successfully defends the four terrorized Hobbits against the nine but not before Frodo is stabbed in the shoulder by a deadly sword.
Arwen finally locates the small band; she then races to Rivendell and her father Lord Elrond with the hope it is not too late to save Frodo.

Strider arrives just when the Witch-King stabs Frodo Baggins with a Nazgul blade.
Eomer of Rohan intercepts the three hunters, Strider, Legolas, and Gimli, on the plane

Aragorn and Anduril
The inscription down the length of the blade translates to "I am Anduril who was Narsil, the sword of Elendil. Let the thralls of Mordor flee me."
Called by Gandalf the greatest traveller and huntsman in this age of the world, Aragorn experienced many great adventures, and travelled to many distant lands, before claiming his kingship.
Viggo Mortensen is a complex and demanding character in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. His first appearance as a mysterious stranger at the Inn of The Prancing Pony suggests his central role in the unfolding story, though outward appearances define his part as Strider, a wandering Ranger. Later, Strider is revealed to be Aragorn II, the uncrowned king of the race of men in Middle-earth. Mortensen feels an affinity for his character and easily identifies with him. Aragorn is deeply aware of the burden of his heritage, and he carries the knowledge that all too soon he will have to reveal his true self in order to play his part in the fight against Sauron. That burden, that knowledge, is what shapes and colors his perceptions.

Epona was the Celtic goddess of horses, the only Celtic goddess to be adopted by the Romans. and see Goddess Knowledge Paintings by Susan Seddon Boulet, here
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