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Dates
The northern land of the Éothéod was established c. III 1856; the Horsemen removed to the new land of Rohan in III 2510, and remained there into the Fourth Age
Location
The name was originally associated with the Northmen of the Éothéod, but continued to be used after these people settled in Rohan
Origins
Descendants of the Northmen of Rhovanion who moved northward through the Vales of Anduin to dwell near the Great River's sources
Race
Division
Culture
Originally Men of the Éothéod, who became the Rohirrim after their southward migration
Family
Ruled by the House of Eorl
Settlements
The chief settlement of this people in the Éothéod was at Framsburg, and later in Rohan the King's seat was at Edoras
Other names
While they still dwelt in the North, these people were commonly known as the Men of the Éothéod; after they removed to Rohan, they gained many names: Éoherë, Eorlingas, Forgoil, Horse-boys, Horsebreeders, Horse-lords, Horse-men, Horsemen of Rohan, Men of the Mark, Men of the Riddermark, Men of Rohan, Riders of Rohan, Riders of the Mark, Rohirrim, Sons of Eorl, Strawheads, Whiteskins

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Horsemen of the North

The Men of the Éothéod and their descendants the Rohirrim

Northmen
The Éothéod
Horsemen of the North
(Rohirrim)

A name that originally belonged to the Men of the Éothéod, a culture of horse-riders who dwelt around the sources of Anduin in the north of Middle-earth. The ancestors of this people had historically been friends to Gondor, and when that land came under sustained assault, its Steward Cirion sent a desperate plea for aid to the Horsemen of the North. Their leader Eorl agreed, and led a great Ride southwards to aid the beleaguered South-kingdom. Eorl encountered Gondor's enemies and overcame them at the Battle of the Field of Celebrant. In reward, Cirion granted Eorl and his Horsemen the land that would become known as Rohan. Its people in turn became known as the Rohirrim, but they were still at times called the Horsemen of the North in recognition of their historical roots.


See also...

Tradition of Isildur

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