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Éored

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An '''Éored''' was a division of the [[Rohirrim]] consisting of mainly one hundred and twenty riders. The word "''Éored''" actually was used by the [[Anglo-Saxon]]s to denote a division.  
 
An '''Éored''' was a division of the [[Rohirrim]] consisting of mainly one hundred and twenty riders. The word "''Éored''" actually was used by the [[Anglo-Saxon]]s to denote a division.  
  
Loosely speaking it referred to any subdivision of the Rohirrim cavalry that was functioning under one commander, and the number of riders fluctuated considerably depending on the situation. During the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]], the army of the Rohirrim was divided into three Éoreds of roughly 2,000 riders each, commanded by [[Éomer]], [[Elfhelm]], and [[Théoden|King Théoden]].  In the ensuing battle, 2,000 riders, including Theoden, were killed.  Demonstrating the fluidity of the subdivision, the surviving force was then simply reorganized into 2 Éoreds, also of 2,000 riders each: one which stayed to aide in the defense of [[Minas Tirith (Gondor)|Minas Tirith]], and the other which Éomer led in the march to the [[Black Gate]] as part of the combined Army of the West under [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]]. 
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Loosely speaking it referred to any subdivision of the Rohirrim cavalry that was functioning under one commander, and the number of riders fluctuated considerably depending on the situation.
  
 
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Revision as of 03:02, 1 June 2009

An Éored was a division of the Rohirrim consisting of mainly one hundred and twenty riders. The word "Éored" actually was used by the Anglo-Saxons to denote a division.

Loosely speaking it referred to any subdivision of the Rohirrim cavalry that was functioning under one commander, and the number of riders fluctuated considerably depending on the situation.