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Eorl the Young was the Lord of the Éothéod and the first King of Rohan. He founded of the House of Eorl, which ruled Rohan.


Depiction of Eorl on a tapestry in the films

Eorl was born in TA 2485. His father was Léod, the leader of the people called the Éothéod who lived in the far north near the source of the Anduin. In TA 2501 when Eorl was sixteen years old, Léod was killed by a wild horse that he had tried to tame; for this act the horse was called Mansbane by the Éothéod. Eorl hunted the horse and rather than kill him required that the horse serve him and surrender his freedom as a Weregild. The horse submitted and Eorl renamed him Felaróf. Felaróf became Eorl's steed and was the father of the Mearas, who were the steeds of Eorl's descendants. It was also said that Felaróf would not permit any other man to ride him.

Eorl succeeded his father as the leader of the Éothéod. They were a numerous people with many horses. They needed more room to roam, but there was nowhere for them to go.

On March 25, TA 2510 - when Eorl was twenty-five years old - an errand-rider named Borondir arrived with a message from Cirion, the Steward of Gondor. Gondor was being threatened by Men from Rhûn called the Balchoth, and Cirion sought Eorl's help in defeating them. Eorl agreed to come, because he knew that if Gondor fell, all of Middle-earth would soon be conquered. Borondir was one of several errand riders sent out by the Stewards, but the only one to get through, due to the intervening enemies. Eorl assembled his Council of Elders to prepare to ride south.

On April 6 , Eorl rode forth with an Éoherë - or mounted army - of 7,000 fully armed Riders and several hundred mounted archers. Only a few hundred Riders were left behind to guard the women, children, and elderly. The éoherë rode southward through the Vales of the Anduin - a journey of over 500 miles.

When they passed Dol Guldur in Mirkwood - where Sauron dwelled in secret - a darkness emanated from the fortress, and Eorl turned westward to avoid it. But then a white mist came from the woods of Lothlórien that stood across the River from Dol Guldur, and the Riders were hidden and continued safely on their way and, under the protection of the mist, apparently made the journey unwearyingly at an extraordinary rate of speed.

Eorl arrived at the Field of Celebrant on the morning of April 15. Gondor's army was being attacked on two fronts by the Balchoth and Orcs from the Misty Mountains. Eorl and his Riders attacked the enemy from the rear, slaying many and driving the rest across the River Limlight. South of the Limlight lay the province of Gondor called Calenardhon, and Eorl and his Riders pursued the surviving enemies until the land was free of them.

After the Battle of the Field of Celebrant, Eorl accompanied Cirion to the Mering Stream on the southeastern border of Calenardhon, where they parted company. Cirion asked Eorl to meet him there again in three months and committed Calenardhon to Eorl's care in the meantime.

Statues of Eorl (right) and Cirion erected near the site of their first meeting (The Lord of the Rings Online

When they met again in August of 2510, Cirion brought Eorl to Halifirien, the Hill of Awe, also known as Amon Anwar because, unknown to all but the Steward and those in his deepest confidence, the Tomb of Elendil had stood since being placed there by Isildur after the fall of Sauron. There Cirion offered Eorl the land of Calenardhon as a new homeland for his people in gratitude for their service to Gondor. Eorl was deeply grateful for the Gift of Cirion, whom he admired as the wisest of all men then in Middle-earth. He accepted and he swore an Oath that his people would always come to Gondor's aid in time of need. Eorl realized that their peoples needed to remain allies in order to face the growing danger in Middle-earth. Cirion took a similar oath on behalf of the people of Gondor.

Eorl left about half his force to guard Calenardhon and returned to the far north to gather his people and their possessions. He led them back to their new homeland, and it became known as the Mark. In Gondor, the new land of their allies was called Rohan.

Eorl was King of the Mark for 35 years. He chose the hill at the entrance to the valley of Harrowdale to be the site of the town of Edoras. But Meduseld, the Golden Hall, was not completed in Eorl's lifetime, and he dwelled at Aldburg in the Folde. Eorl's son Brego was born in TA 2512.

In TA 2545, Rohan was attacked by Easterlings. The attack was thwarted, but Eorl fell in battle. He was buried in a mound outside Edoras, and his horse Felaróf was buried with him. His son Brego succeeded him as King of Rohan.

Rohan continued to be ruled by the House of Eorl, and the people of Rohan called themselves the Eorlingas, or the Sons of Eorl. The Oath of Eorl was not forgotten. During the War of the Ring, King Théoden of Rohan honored his ancestor's Oath and came to Gondor's aid at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The Oath of Eorl was renewed by Théoden's successor King Éomer, who pledged continued friendship to Aragorn, King Elessar, of the Reunited Kingdom of Gondor and Arnor.==House of Eorl==

Eorl the Young
Fréaláf Hildeson
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Eorl in The Lord of the Rings Online

Portrayals in adaptations

  • In The Lord of the Rings Online Eorl appears in a series of flashbacks narrating the history of the Eotheod. Additionally, he is depicted on tapestries found throughout Rohan. A statue of Eorl and Cirion is erected near the site of their first meeting.
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Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Eorl die Jong
Albanian Eorl të Rinj
Arabic يورل الشاب
Armenian Էորլ Երիտասարդ ?
Azerbaijani Gənc Eorl
Basque Eorl gaztea
Belarusian Cyrillic Эорл малады
Bosnian Eorl Mladi
Breton Eorl Yaouank
Bulgarian Cyrillic Еорл Младият
Catalan Éorl el Jove
Chinese 年少伊歐
Croatian Eorl Mladi
Czech Eorl Mladý
Danish Eorl den Unge
Dutch Eorl de Jonge
Esperanto Eorl la Junulo
Estonian Eorl Nooremad
Filipino Eorl mga Kabataan
Finnish Eorl Nuori
French Eorl le Jeune
Frisian Eorl de Jong
Galician Eorl o Xove
Georgian ეორლი ახალგაზრდა ?
German Eorl der Junge
Greek Έορλ τον Νεαρό
Gujarati યંગ એઓરલ
Hebrew אֵאוֹרְל הצעיר
Hindi युवा ईरेल
Hungarian Ifjú Éorl
Indonesian Eorl yang Muda
Irish Gaelic Eorl an Óg
Italian Eorl il Giovane
Japanese 青年王エオル
Kannada ಯಂಗ್ ಏಒರ್ಲ
Kazakh Жас Eорл (Cyrillic) Jas Eorl (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Жаш Эорл
Latin Eorl Juvenis
Latvian Eorl Jaunie
Lithuanian Eorl Jaunas
Luxembourgish Eorl de Jonk
Malaysian Eorl yang Muda
Maltese Eorl iż-Żgħażagħ
Marathi यंग ईरॉल
Nepalese युवा एओर्ल
Norwegian Éorl den Unge
Occitan Eorl lo Jove
Old English Eorl se Geong
Persian ایورل جوان
Polish Eorl Młody
Portuguese Eorl o Jovem
Punjabi ਯੰਗ ਅਰੋਲ
Romanian Eorl cel Tânăr
Russian Эорл Юный
Serbian Еорл Млади (Cyrillic) Eorl Mladi (Latin)
Sicilian Eorl lu Giuvini
Sinhalese තරුණ ඒඔර්ල්
Slovak Eorl Mladých
Slovenian Eorl Mladi
Spanish Eorl el Joven
Swedish Eorl den Unge
Tajik Cyrillic Ҷавонон Еорл
Tamil இளம் ஏஒர்ல்
Telugu యంగ్ ఏఒర్ల
Turkish Genç Eorl
Ukrainian Cyrillic Еорл Юний
Uzbek Йош Эорл (Cyrillic) Yosh Eorl (Latin)
Vietnamese Eorl các Trẻ
Welsh Eorl Ifanc
Yiddish עאָרל די יונג
Lord of the Éothéod
Preceded by
Eorl the Young Succeeded by
None, title abandoned in favor of King of Rohan
TA 2501TA 2510
King of Rohan
Preceded by
Eorl the Young Succeeded by
TA 2510 - TA 2545