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The Mearas were a breed of wild horses in the north of Middle-earth. They surpass normal horses in intelligence, speed and strength. According to lore, the ancestors of the Mearas were brought from the West by Oromë.[1]


They were descended from Felaróf, who was tamed by the first King of Rohan, Eorl.[1] The descendants of Felaróf would later become the mounts of the King of Rohan, and would bear no one except for the Kings of the Mark and their sons.

During the Third Age, Gandalf was given consent to ride Shadowfax, Lord of the Mearas.[2] Shadowfax continued to accompany Gandalf throughout the latter half of the War of the Ring. He was also present at the Grey Havens when Gandalf sailed to Valinor.[3]


The name Mearas simply means "horses" in Old English. Its singular form is mearh.[citation needed]

Other versions of the legendarium[]

In other versions, the Mearas were descended from the horses of the Men of Númenor which they brought over the Great Seas.[4]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic መኣራስ
Arabic ميراس
Armenian Մեարաս
Belarusian Cyrillic Мэарас
Bengali মেঅরাস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Меарас
Danish Mearaerne
Georgian მეარასი
Greek Μαέρας
Gujarati મોઅર્સ
Hebrew מירס
Hindi मायरस
Japanese メアラス
Kannada ಮೀರಾಸ್
Kazakh Меарас (Cyrillic) Mearas (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Мэарас
Laotian ມເະຣະສ
Macedonian Cyrillic Меарас
Marathi मायरस
Mongolian Cyrillic Мэарас
Nepalese मेअरस
Pashto مېاراس
Persian مهاراس
Polish Mearasy
Punjabi ਮੇਅਰਸ
Russian Меарас
Serbian Меарас (Cyrillic) Mearas (Latin)
Sinhalese මැරිස්
Tajik Cyrillic Меарас
Tamil மெரஸ்
Telugu మీరస్
Thai เมอารัส
Turkish Yılkı
Ukrainian Cyrillic Меарас
Urdu میاراس
Uzbek Меарас (Cyrillic) Mearas (Latin)
Yiddish מעאַראַס


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, II: The House of Eorl
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter II: "The Riders of Rohan"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter IX: "The Grey Havens"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. VII: The Treason of Isengard, XX: "The Riders of Rohan"