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This article is about the Rider of Rohan. For the the boy, see Éothain (film character).
Decipher - Éothain.jpg
Éothain from The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Biographical Information
PositionRider in Éomer's éored
BirthLate Third Age
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Éothain

Éothain was a rider of Rohan.

[edit] History

Éothain was a member of Éomer's éored that overran the orcs who had captured Merry and Pippin at the fringe of Fangorn Forest, and encountered Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli on 30 February, T.A. 3019. Éothain scoffed at the idea that Hobbits even existed, believing them to be nothing but a child's tale, and argued against the gift of horses to the three companions.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In one of the last drafts of The Riders of Rohan, Éothain was Éomer's squire,[2] whereas in a later draft of The Ride of the Rohirrim, he was the captain of Éomer's household éored.[3] No reference to Éothain's rank in Éomer's éored is made in The Lord of the Rings.

[edit] Etymology

Éothain contains the Old English elements Éoh ("warhorse") and thegn ("warrior, chieftain"). It was a rendition of a Rohirric name that was never recorded, though the first element is likely translated from /loh, "war-horse".

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

John Livesey plays the part of Éothain. Almost the whole of Eothain's dialogue from the book is retained in this production.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

The name Éothain was given to another character, but a Decipher Card identifies one of Éomer's riders as Éothain.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The Riders of Rohan", p. 401
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "The Ride of the Rohirrim", p. 352