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"Theoden Espies the Serpent Banner" by Michael Kaluta
LocationEdoras, Hornburg, Dunharrow, Drúadan Forest, Pelennor Fields, Snowmane's Howe
Birth Rohan
Death15 March T.A. 3019
Snowmane's Howe, Pelennor Fields
Notable forBeing the bane of Théoden
Physical Description
Hair colorWhite
GalleryImages of Snowmane

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

History[edit | edit source]

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 in the hollow where he fell which became known as Snowmane's Howe.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

King Théoden on Snowmane in The Lord of the Rings Online

2013: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Snowmane accompanied Théoden to the Battle of the Hornburg, and was ridden on the final charge out of the fortress. He fell on the Pelennor Fields much as described in the book.