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The Riders of Rohan

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The name Riders of Rohan refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Riders of Rohan (disambiguation).
The Two Towers chapters
Book III
  1. The Departure of Boromir
  2. The Riders of Rohan
  3. The Uruk-hai
  4. Treebeard
  5. The White Rider
  6. The King of the Golden Hall
  7. Helm's Deep
  8. The Road to Isengard
  9. Flotsam and Jetsam
  10. The Voice of Saruman
  11. The Palantír
Book IV
  1. The Taming of Sméagol
  2. The Passage of the Marshes
  3. The Black Gate is Closed
  4. Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
  5. The Window on the West
  6. The Forbidden Pool
  7. Journey to the Cross-Roads
  8. The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  9. Shelob's Lair
  10. The Choices of Master Samwise

The Riders of Rohan is the second chapter of the third book in The Two Towers.


On their journey, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come across a pile of slain Orcs and come to the conclusion that the Orcs have quarreled among themselves. Still there is no sign of Merry and Pippin. Later, they find Hobbit footprints and a broach--clues that their captured friends have passed this way.

After many days of pursuit without sign of trail or hope, Aragorn sees riders coming their way. The riders are men of Rohan and their leader is Éomer. Éomer and his riders tell the men that they have already slain the Orcs but that there were no Hobbits with them. When Aragorn tells Éomer that both Gandalf and Boromir are dead, Éomer is sorry. He tells the hunters that the men of Rohan are no friends of either Sauron or Saruman, the wizard who was aiding in the attack on Boromir's people. He offers the hunters horses, asking only that once their deed is accomplished, they return. It seems Éomer's king, King Theoden, did not want him to aid the travelers.

After bidding farewell to the men of Rohan, the three hunters again pursue their Hobbit friends. At night they rest under some trees in the Forest of Fangorn. Gimli, who is on guard, sees an old man but before they can discover who he is, he disappears. The horses are gone as well. Gimli tells the others that he thinks the old man was Saruman, who has taken or scared away their horses. Their dim hope of catching their friends grows even fainter.