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The '''Balchoth''' ([[Sindarin]] for "Cruel horde") were a clan of [[Easterlings]] under the sway of [[Dol Guldur]], who lived in [[Rhovanion (region)|Rhovanion]], the lands southeast of the forest of [[Mirkwood]]. Traditionally, their leaders were friendly to [[Gondor]] ([[Eldacar (King of Gondor)|Eldacar]] even lived there, for a time, at the request of [[Rómendacil II]], his father). However, in 2510 the [[Third Age]], they attempted, with the assistance of [[Orcs]], an invasion of [[Calenardhon]], a minimally populated northern province of [[Gondor]]. After pushing back the northern Gondorian army, they were repulsed by [[Eorl]], who arrived with the [[Éothéod]], after receiving the plea of [[Cirion]] late. The Balchoth were no match for the horsemen of the Éothéod, and were hunted down and utterly destroyed. In gratitude of this feat, Cirion rewarded Eorl and his horsemen the province, which was renamed the [[Riddermark]], or [[Rohan]] as the citizens of Gondor called it.
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The '''Balchoth''' were a clan of [[Easterlings]] under the sway of [[Dol Guldur]], who lived in  [[Rhovanion]], the lands southeast of the forest of [[Mirkwood]].<ref name=A1ivS>{{App|A1ivS}}</ref> They were no doubt related to the [[Wainriders]].<ref name=CE/>
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They had crude weapons and few horses, used mostly for drawing their large wains.<ref name=CE/>
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==History==
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In {{TA|2510|n}} of the [[Third Age]], they attempted, with the assistance of [[Orcs]], an invasion of [[Calenardhon]], a minimally populated northern province of [[Gondor]]. After pushing back the northern Gondorian army, they were repulsed by [[Eorl]], who arrived with the [[Éothéod]], after receiving the plea of [[Cirion]] late. The Balchoth were no match for the horsemen of the Éothéod, and during the [[Battle of the Field of Celebrant]], they were hunted down and utterly destroyed.<ref name=A1ivS/><ref name=CE>{{UT|Cirion}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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The compound ''Balchoth'' consists of [[Westron]] ''[[balc]]'' ("horrible") + [[Sindarin]] ''[[hoth]]'' ("horde"). It was actually a generic term for cruel peoples, including the [[Orcs]].<ref>{{UT|Cirion}} (Note 24)</ref>
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Stephen King - Balchoth

The Balchoth were a clan of Easterlings under the sway of Dol Guldur, who lived in Rhovanion, the lands southeast of the forest of Mirkwood.[1] They were no doubt related to the Wainriders.[2]

They had crude weapons and few horses, used mostly for drawing their large wains.[2]

[edit] History

In 2510 of the Third Age, they attempted, with the assistance of Orcs, an invasion of Calenardhon, a minimally populated northern province of Gondor. After pushing back the northern Gondorian army, they were repulsed by Eorl, who arrived with the Éothéod, after receiving the plea of Cirion late. The Balchoth were no match for the horsemen of the Éothéod, and during the Battle of the Field of Celebrant, they were hunted down and utterly destroyed.[1][2]

[edit] Etymology

The compound Balchoth consists of Westron balc ("horrible") + Sindarin hoth ("horde"). It was actually a generic term for cruel peoples, including the Orcs.[3]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan" (Note 24)