Lament for the Rohirrim
|This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.|
The lament for the Rohirrim, also identified by its first line, Where now the Horse and the Rider?, is a song about Eorl.
History[edit | edit source]
On the way to Edoras, Aragorn chants a poem in Rohanese to characterize the Rohirrim. The text is not given. After Legolas comments that the sound of the words resembles the land of Rohan, Aragorn recites his translation of it, which is this poem.
Text[edit | edit source]
Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?
Inspiration[edit | edit source]
Hwær cwom mearg? Hwær cwom mago?
Where is the horse gone? Where the warrior?
Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]
- At the beginning of the Battle of Helm's Deep, Théoden recites some lines of the song, lamenting how alone the Rohirrim stand.
Where is the horse and the rider?
Where is the horn that was blowing?
They have passed like rain on the mountains,
like wind in the meadow.
The days have gone down in the West,
behind the hills... into Shadow.
- The remaining lines are sung in Old English on the score in the background in the above and other scenes.
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