11 August 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 42: Snowmane


Snowmane, foal of Lightfoot, was one of the Mearas, and the mount of King Théoden of Rohan. On March 4, Snowmane accompanied King Théoden to the Battle of the Hornburg. On March 15 (TA 3019), Théoden led the Rohirrim onto the Pelennor Fields; Snowmane carried him into battle, but was overcome with terror when the Witch-King entered on a Fell Beast. Snowmane was pierced by a dart and fell to the ground, crushing his master beneath him. Snowmane was buried on the Pelennor Fields, and on his grave (known as Snowmane’s Howe) was inscribed the following in the languages of Gondor and Rohan:

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


Etymology

Snowmane’s Rohirric name was Snawmana


References

Foster, R. (2001). The complete guide to middle-earth: from the hobbit through the lord of the rings and beyond. Del Rey.

Horses of Middle-earth. (2011). The Thain’s Book. Retrieved from http://www.tuckborough.net/horses.html

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