Brief aside to explain what happened to the bodies of both Snowmane and the fell beast. Snowmane gets a burial mound, and the beast gets burned. In true “this thing is evil” fashion, the ground where the beast was consumed remains black and barren afterwards.
At present, Merry is walking with the men back towards Minas Tirith as they bear Théoden and Éowyn. They are met by Prince Imrahil, leading the charge of Gondor. He observes their burdens, and pays his respects to Théoden. However, he notes that Éowyn shows faint signs of life. The men rush to bring her to some aid while the battle continues behind them.
-Lightfoot: Snowmane’s father. When you’re the royal horse of Rohan, you get an epitaph on your grave mentioning your father. The epitaph does not mention Valentine or Paul Revere, who were clearly also important.
-Snowmane’s Howe: When you’re the royal horse of Rohan, even your burial mound gets a name!
Of course, considering that the worst wound suffered by Éowyn was a broken arm (at least that was mentioned), it’s no surprise that she’s alive. Few people saw her battle with the Witch-king, and all they saw was her laying motionless on the ground. Assume death! Éomer was too wrought with emotion to check her clearly, and it takes someone of authority like Imrahil to convince the men that she’s not dead yet. Gosh! That’s the second time in this battle that someone has been mistaken for dead and brought to Minas Tirith! Perhaps they’ll meet each other and fall in love!
Unrelated to anything, it starts raining, which quenches the fires burning in and around the city. Convenient! It’s starting to feel like this battle is needing to hit another turning point soon. Things are going…too well.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 60
No one dies today.
“Horns were blown and trumpets were braying, and the mûmakil were bellowing as they were goaded to war. Under…”