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"Faithful servant yet master's bane,
Lightfoot's foal, swift Snowmane
― Carved upon Snowmane's Howe

Snowmane was the steed of Théoden, King of Rohan. His sire was Lightfoot[1] and was probably one of the Mearas.[2]

Théoden rode with him to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The steed was killed when struck with a black dart by the Witch-king, and he fell on the King, mortally wounding him.[1]

Snowmane, also referred to as Théoden's Bane and Master's Bane, was buried where he fell. On the site known as Snowmane's Howe a stone was erected the grass grew the most green ever after.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Snowmane is the Modern English form of Old English (which represents Rohirric) snāw-mana. The proper Rohirric name was thus Snawmana.[3]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 362
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 763