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Nahar

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Nahar was the legendary horse ridden by Oromë, the Huntsman of the Valar. Nahar's coat was said to be white under the Sun, but to shimmer in silver in the night,[1] and his feet were shod in gold.[2] The name is Quenya, derived from Valarin Næchærra.

History

In Y.T. 1085[3] Oromë was riding and hunting east near the Orocarni when Nahar gave a great neighing and stood still. Wondering, Oromë too went still and heard afar the singing of many voices. Thus Nahar alerted his master to the existence of the awakened Elves. Later, in Y.T. 1105,[4] when the hosts of the Eldalië left Cuiviénen, Oromë rode Nahar at their head.[2]

After Melkor and Ungoliant had attacked the Two Trees in Valinor in Y.T. 1495[5] a terrible darkness fell upon the land. Manwë perceived a Darkness beyond dark moving northward and Oromë began a pursuit. The sparks struck from the hooves of Nahar were the first light that returned to Valinor.[6]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: First section of the Annals of Aman"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Third section of the Annals of Aman"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Fourth section of the Annals of Aman"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Darkening of Valinor"