The bad news keeps on coming. Now Aragorn has to explain Boromir’s death, and Éomer is greatly surprised.
But wait, how long ago did that happen? And how far have these three come in that time?
And that impresses Éomer. Meanwhile, Gimli confirms that Rohan does not pay tribute to Sauron. They don’t. In fact, this rumor started because Sauron once asked Rohan for horses. When they refused, he sent orcs to pillage horses (black ones only!) from the countryside. This was the chief concern of the riders until Saruman started acting up.
-the East-mark: The eastern part of Rohan, probably including the Eastemnet. The Third Marshal (currently Éomer) is in charge of its defense.
The most important note of the day is that Aragorn gets a new nickname. Éomer dubs him “Wingfoot”, for his flight over leagues and leagues of land. While that’s all well and good, does he really need another nickname? Éomer laughs at Strider, yet he just bestows another name.
But at least we finally get the confirmation that Rohan hasn’t turned to the dark side. The longer this conversation goes on, the more it becomes a friendly chat. Éomer doesn’t seem to hold the suspicions he did at the start. I can’t really point to when he trusted Aragorn, but that switch has definitely been flipped.
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Surprisingly, “herdfolk” are not cow-people. But they sound like they might be cow-people. You always have to be on your toes for cow-people.
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