24 August 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 55: Éomer

Éomer (also known as Éomer Éadig, "the Blessed"; TA 2991 – FO 63) was the son of Théodwyn and Éomund, and the eighteenth King of Rohan (TA 3019 – FO 63). His sister was Éowyn, and when their parents both died – Éomund was slain by Orcs, and Théodwyn succumbed to her grief – their uncle, King Théoden, took the two children in and raised them as his own. When Théoden’s own son, Théodred, was slain, Éomer became his heir.

Prior to the War of the Ring, he was the Third Marshall of the Riddermark. When his uncle, King Théoden, fell at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, he named Éomer the new King of the Mark; upon taking up the throne, Éomer renewed the Oath of Eorl with King Elessar. Éomer was known for being a close friend and ally to King Elessar of Gondor. 

Éomer married Lothíriel, daughter of Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth in TA 3020; and she bore him at least one child, Elfwine the Fair, who later succeeded his father.


 Etymology

The name Éomer literally means "Horse-famous," and can be found in the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf.


References

Foster, R. (2001). Éomer. In The complete guide to middle-earth: from the hobbit through the lord of the rings and beyond. New York: Del Rey. 

Tolkien, J. (1954). The lord of the rings: the two towers. New York: Del Rey.

Tolkien, J. (1955). The lord of the rings: the return of the king. New York: Del Rey.

Tyler, J. (1976). Éomer. In The complete Tolkien companion. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

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