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Eorl

Tapestry of Eorl and Felaróf

Felaróf was a white horse and the first of the Mearas.[1]

History

Tapestry of Léod and Felaróf

Léod falls to his death

The horse tamer Léod, father of Eorl the Young, attempted to tame a captured white colt. However, when he attempted to ride the horse it threw him, resulting in his death. His orphaned son Eorl hunted down the horse, but instead of killing it, he demanded that it serve him as payment for causing his father's death. The horse accepted this, taking the name Felaróf, a name said to mean "very valiant" or "very strong". It was said that Felaróf could understand the speech of Men.[1]

Eorl rode Felaróf when he came to the aid of Gondor, the victory which led Steward Cirion to grant the Éothéod the land of Calenardhon, which would become Rohan. Thirty years later, horse and rider met their end fighting the Easterlings in The Wold and were buried together in a mound raised outside the gate of Edoras.[1]

His line, the Mearas, according to tradition could only be ridden by the Lord of the Mark. Gandalf's horse Shadowfax came from the Mearas, making him a descendant of Felaróf himself.[1]

Etymology

In Old English, Felaróf means "Very strong".[2]

Other versions of the legendarium

Originally, Eorl was called Eorl the Old (instead of Eorl the Young), and his steed Felaróf was the "father of horses".[3]

Portrayals in adaptations

Felaróf - LOTRO

Felaróf in The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Video games

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Russian Фелароф

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, II: The House of Eorl
  2. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, XXVI: "The King of the Golden Hall"
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