Théoden on Snowmane at Dunharrow in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Snowmane was the horse of King Théoden of Rohan in the late Third Age.[1]


Snowmane was born of the horse Lightfoot. During the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in TA 3019, Snowmane was hit by a black dart and fell onto Théoden, crushing him, leading to his death. The Witch-king's flying fell beast landed upon Snowmane's body just prior to being slain by Éowyn.[2]

After the battle was over, Snowmane was buried in a marked grave. On the gravestone was written, in the languages of both Gondor and Rohan:

Faithful servant yet master's bane,
Lightfoot's foal, swift Snowmane.

The grass flourished on Snowmane's Howe, as the grave was called, but not on the ground where the Fell beast was burned.[2]


The name Snowmane is the modern English rendition of the Old English name snāw-mana.[3]

Earlier versions of the legendarium

In an earlier text, King Théoden grieves for the wounded Snowmane, and Aragorn later uses athelas to tend to the shoulder wound of the horse.[4]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated Name
Portuguese (Brazil) Snawmana


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter III: "The Muster of Rohan"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter VI: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings, Snowmane
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. VIII: The War of the Ring, Part One: The Fall of Saruman, II: "Helm's Deep"
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