Alliterative title we’ve got today!
Anywho, today, Gwaihir tells Gandalf that the men of Rohan can be trusted. They give horses in tribute to Sauron to keep their lands safe. This is a hotly debated topic! Boromir flat out denies that any people of Rohan would ever give up horses. They love them too much. Aragorn argues otherwise, and I’m keen on agreeing with him. Either way, Gandalf ends up with a horse, the fastest, most awesome one in the land. He travels from Rohan to the Shire in the same time it took Frodo to get from Hobbiton to the Barrow-downs.
-the Riddermark: Literally just another name for Rohan. I think of it as the actual lands. Like, you can be in Rohan, riding across the Riddermark. If that makes any sense.
-the Rohirrim: The people of Rohan, horse-lords. They look rather Nordic, as we would say. And rustic. Yay rustic!
-Shadowfax: King of all horses! So, you know, like Gwaihir, but with horses. Super fast. Super awesome. I named my flash drive after him.
Let’s be honest, Shadowfax is also the coolest name ever. Wouldn’t you love to have it as a middle name or something? “Shadowfax”: it’s dark, yet electric, or something of the sort.
I’m hazy on the distances from place to place in Middle-earth, but if you recall, it took Frodo something like 6 days to reach the Barrow-downs. The distance from Rohan to the Shire is considerably longer, even if traveled on horseback. This horse can FLY.
Well, not literally, just in terms of speed. Just checking.
And let’s stop arguing about whether or not the men of Rohan are giving horses to Sauron. Because they must be, or else they’d be destroyed. Dude has power.
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I fully support Aragorn in any argument against Boromir. Always and forever.
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