365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 235: the Horn of the Mark
The Horn of the Mark was a small silver horn made in ancient times by the Dwarves. It was engraved with horsemen riding in a line from its tip to its mouth, and it was set with runes which had the ability to strike fear in enemies and joy in friends. It was taken from the hoard of Scatha the worm by the Éothéod and kept as an heirloom of the royal house. Éowyn gave it to Merry as a keepsake following the War of the Ring. He used the horn during the Scouring of the Shire, and it was blown every year thereafter, on the anniversary of its first use in the Shire.