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.
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.
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".
Portrayals in adaptations
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
- In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, tapestries of Léod and Eorl with Felaróf can be seen in Meduseld.
- In The Lord of the Rings Online Felaróf appears briefly in the flashback narrating the history of the Eotheod.
Translations around the world
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- ↑ 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
- ↑ Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, XXVI: "The King of the Golden Hall"