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[[Eorl]]'s father [[Léod]] was a tamer of horses among the [[Éothéod]], who captured this wild white horse while it was still a foal. He tried to tame it himself, but when he attempted to mount it, it threw him and escaped. So Léod died, leaving a sixteen-year-old son, Eorl. Eorl hunted the white horse, found it, and demanded that it give up its freedom in payment for the death of his father. The horse agreed, and took the name that Eorl gave it: Felaróf, a name said to mean 'very valiant' or 'very strong'.
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'''Felaróf''' was the first of the [[Mearas]].
  
It was on Felaróf that Eorl rode to the aid of [[Gondor]] and earned a famous victory, one that would lead [[Steward Cirion]] to grant them the wide empty land of [[Calenardhon]], which would come to be called [[Rohan]]. For more than thirty years afterwards, Felaróf had the freedom of those wide grasslands, but a new invasion of [[Easterlings]] saw Eorl ride to battle once again. In [[The Wold]], the far northern reach of Rohan, Eorl and Felaróf met their ends, and were laid together in a mound raised outside the gate of [[Edoras]].
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==History==
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[[Eorl]]'s father [[Léod]] was a tamer of horses among the [[Éothéod]], who captured this wild white horse while it was still a foal. He tried to tame it himself, but when he attempted to mount it, it threw him and escaped. So Léod died, leaving a sixteen-year-old son, Eorl. Eorl hunted the white horse, found it, and demanded that it give up its freedom in payment for the death of his father. The horse agreed, and took the name that Eorl gave it: Felaróf.
  
Felaróf was a very remarkable horse indeed. It is even recorded that he could understand the speech of [[Men]]. He gave rise in turn to a race of wonderful horses, the [[Mearas]], who according to tradition could only be ridden by the [[Lord of the Mark]], Eorl's descendants. It was from this line that [[Gandalf]]'s horse [[Shadowfax]] came, making him a descendant of Felaróf himself.
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It was on Felaróf that Eorl rode to the aid of [[Gondor]] and earned a famous victory, one that would lead [[Ruling Steward|Steward]] [[Cirion]] to grant them the wide empty land of [[Calenardhon]], which would come to be called [[Rohan]]. For more than thirty years afterwards, Felaróf had the freedom of those wide grasslands, but a new invasion of [[Easterlings]] saw Eorl ride to battle once again. In [[The Wold]], the far northern reach of Rohan, Eorl and Felaróf met their ends, and were laid together in a mound raised outside the gate of [[Edoras]].
  
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Felaróf was a very remarkable horse indeed. It is even recorded that he could understand the speech of [[Men]]. He gave rise in turn to a race of wonderful horses, the [[Mearas]], who according to tradition could only be ridden by the [[Lord of the Mark]], Eorl's descendants. It was from this line that [[Gandalf]]'s horse [[Shadowfax]] came, making him a descendant of Felaróf himself.<ref>{{App|Eorl}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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The name ''Felaróf'' in [[Old English]] means "very strong".<ref>{{UT|Cirion}}, note 28</ref>
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Revision as of 15:55, 18 March 2012

Felaróf was the first of the Mearas.

History

Eorl's father Léod was a tamer of horses among the Éothéod, who captured this wild white horse while it was still a foal. He tried to tame it himself, but when he attempted to mount it, it threw him and escaped. So Léod died, leaving a sixteen-year-old son, Eorl. Eorl hunted the white horse, found it, and demanded that it give up its freedom in payment for the death of his father. The horse agreed, and took the name that Eorl gave it: Felaróf.

It was on Felaróf that Eorl rode to the aid of Gondor and earned a famous victory, one that would lead Steward Cirion to grant them the wide empty land of Calenardhon, which would come to be called Rohan. For more than thirty years afterwards, Felaróf had the freedom of those wide grasslands, but a new invasion of Easterlings saw Eorl ride to battle once again. In The Wold, the far northern reach of Rohan, Eorl and Felaróf met their ends, and were laid together in a mound raised outside the gate of Edoras.

Felaróf was a very remarkable horse indeed. It is even recorded that he could understand the speech of Men. He gave rise in turn to a race of wonderful horses, the Mearas, who according to tradition could only be ridden by the Lord of the Mark, Eorl's descendants. It was from this line that Gandalf's horse Shadowfax came, making him a descendant of Felaróf himself.[1]

Etymology

The name Felaróf in Old English means "very strong".[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", note 28