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Éomer, son of Éomund Man

√Čomer √Čadig, of the House of Eorl, was the eighteenth King of Rohan, and first of the Third Line. He was the son of Th√©odwyn, sister of King Th√©oden of Rohan, and √Čomund, a Chief Marshal of the Riddermark. After he and his sister √Čowyn were orphaned Th√©oden adopted them as his own children.

History

Early Years

√Čomer was born in T.A. 2991 as son of √Čomund and Th√©odwyn. When he was eleven years old his father was slain by Orc raiders in the Emyn Muil. His mother fell ill and died soon after. His uncle Th√©oden adopted him and his sister √Čowyn as his own children and they went to live at Meduseld.

√Čomer grew strong and tall and became a valiant and skilled warrior and rider. Th√©oden made him Third Marshal of the Riddermark and he was in command of the East-mark like his father. He had his home at Aldburg in the Folde, one of the oldest towns of Rohan. With his √Čored he defended Rohan mainly against Orcs from Mordor.

Struggle Against Saruman

But Rohan's enemies were not only at the borders but also within. Gr√≠ma Wormtongue, the King's advisor, was secretly a spy of the wizard Saruman, who dwelled at Isengard and had become a servant of Sauron. Gr√≠ma in secret worked to weaken Th√©oden and his kingdom and Th√©oden fell deeply under his influence. √Čomer fell into the King's disfavor, but Gr√≠ma did not manage to destroy √Čomer's loyalty to Th√©oden; nor to his cousin, Prince Th√©odred, whom √Čomer regarded as his brother.

In the summer of 3018 Boromir, son of Denethor II, crossed Rohan on his way to Rivendell. √Čomer learned from him about the dream of Isildur's Bane. Soon after September, evil Men, Orcs and Wargs in Saruman's service began to fight openly against the Rohirrim. Saruman claimed lordship over Rohan and blocked the Gap of Rohan.

The chief obstacles to an easy conquest of Rohan by Saruman were Th√©odred and √Čomer. So came the first great battle in the conflict, the First Battle of the Fords of Isen, on 25 February 3018. After untiring assaults on Th√©odred's position, the Prince was finally killed, leaving √Čomer as the only obstacle.

The day after the battle √ąomer gained knowledge of a troop of Orcs entering Rohan from the east. Unbeknownst to √Čomer, they were the same Orcs that had taken Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took captive. Suspecting an alliance between Saruman and Sauron, he wanted to hunt them down. Under the strong influence of Grima, Th√©oden forbade √Čomer to pursue the Orcs because Edoras would have been unguarded. But √Čomer neglected the order since he already suspected Grima's treachery. On 27 February he set out with his √Čored.[5] At the end of the next day they caught sight of the Orcs at the border of Fangorn Forest. They surrounded them and remained watchful throughout the night. With several small attacks they weakened the troop till another Orc band from Isengard arrived. But the Rohirrim succeeded in defeating them and surrounded the first troop even closer.

With the first light of the new day the Rohirrim proceeded to attack. They killed all the Orcs and √Čomer himself slew their leader Ugl√ļk. The hobbits meanwhile were able to flee into Fangorn Forest. Fifteen men and 12 horses did not survive the assault. They were buried in a mound encircled with fifteen spears.

On the way back to Edoras the Rohirrim met Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. √Čomer demanded their names and business. Fighting almost broke almost out between them, but Aragorn prevented this. He then told √Čomer his true name and showed him his sword, And√ļril. √Čomer now listened to the story of their journey, and learned about the losses of Gandalf and Boromir. When Aragorn revealed that they had tracked the band of Orcs all the way from the Emyn Muil in the hope of rescuing the hobbits, √Čomer was astonished and gave Aragorn the name 'Wingfoot', recognizing the difficulty of crossing so much terrain in so little time. He revealed that his men had destroyed the band of Orcs, and that it was fruitless to go searching for his friends. He instead urged Aragorn to return with him to Edoras to help the people of Rohan in their need, but Aragorn refused and insisted that he be able to continue his search for the hobbits. Although he was counteracting the law of Rohan by letting Aragorn go free, √Čomer decided to trust him and he even lent him and his companions two horses, Hasufel and Arod, to help them in their search, but he asked them to prove his trust by bringing them back to Edoras when their search was over.

Upon his return to Edoras, √Čomer threatened Gr√≠ma, but Gr√¨ma arrested him and accused him of breaking the law because he had pursued the Orcs and had allowed strangers to roam freely without Th√©oden's permission.

√Čomer was released after Gandalf healed Th√©oden from the influence of Gr√≠ma. He was delighted to see that his king was recovering quickly from his weakness. Now Grima's treachery was revealed and only owing to Gandalf's intervening he was not killed but expelled from the Golden Hall. Th√©oden, now realizing the situation, decided to lead the Rohirrim into battle against Saruman instantly. The Three Hunters and Gandalf accompanied them when they left Edoras the same day.

The following day they met the scout Ceorl who had been sent out by Erkenbrand to warn √Čomer. He was surprised to come across King Th√©oden's army riding north and brought news that Saruman had let loose his forces and that the Rohirrim had been forced to retreat across the Isen with great losses. These tidings caused Th√©oden to reconsider his strategy. After consultation with Gandalf he decided to ride to join Erkenbrand at Helm's Deep while the wizard left them saying that he would meet them there.

They arrived at Helm's Deep on the night of 3 March and √Čomer oversaw the preparations for the great battle. In the middle of the night the siege began and when battering rams attacked the gates √Čomer and Aragorn led a sortie through a passage on the side of the Hornburg that drove the enemies threatening the doors away. In the course of this Gimli saved √Čomer's life when he killed two Orcs who had ambushed √Čomer. The battle continued throughout the night and ever more attackers scaled the walls with large ladders. Aragorn and √Čomer had to repeatedly move the defenders, who were getting weary, to repel the Orcs. With the help of a device of Saruman's the Orcs caused an explosion under the wall that made a wide hole in it. From then on the attackers could not be stopped and the defenders were separated. √Čomer and Gimli retreated to the Glittering Caves whereas Aragorn and Legolas defended the Hornburg.

The battle seemed lost when at dawn Gandalf returned with Erkenbrand and 1000 riders from the Westfold. Together they drove the enemies out of the deep and into a forest of Huorns that had arrived during the night and from which no Orcs returned.[9] After the end of the battle √Čomer accompanied his king to Isengard.[10] There they met Saruman who tried to enthral Th√©oden with his magic voice. But both √Čomer and Th√©oden saw through him and his dark designs. Th√©oden said that Rohan would have no peace until Saruman and his works had perished. Gandalf then broke Saruman's staff and cast him from the Order of Wizards and the White Council.

The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

On 5 March the company set out to Helm's Deep. While they rested in the night Pippin took the palant√≠r of Orthanc from the sleeping Gandalf, looked in it and was confronted by Sauron. Knowing the peril Pippin was in Gandalf said farewell to the others and departed with Pippin towards Minas Tirith.[12] The Three Hunters and the Rohirrim continued their journey towards Helm's Deep where they arrived on 6 March. Now Aragorn looked into the palant√≠r and revealed himself to Sauron. Because of what he glimpsed in the palant√≠r, he left the Rohirrim, and took the Paths of the Dead with the Grey Company. √Čomer was afraid of never seeing him again, but Aragorn predicted that they would 'meet again, though all the hosts of Mordor should stand between.' before setting out.

√Čomer accompanied his king to the muster of Dunharrow where he met his sister √Čowyn again. Then the Red Arrow of Gondor which requested Rohan's aid was brought by a messenger and the Rohhirim set out in great haste to Minas Tirith.[14] They used narrow mountain paths and on 13 March reached Dr√ļadan Forest where they met Gh√Ęn-buri-Gh√Ęn the chief of the Dr√ļedain. He agreed to lead the Rohirrim by a secret road past the Orc hosts that laid siege to Minas Tirith.

So the Rohirrim arrived on the battleground of the Pelennor Fields at dawn on 15 March. √Čomer led the first √Čored that should follow the king's banner in the centre.[15] The Rohirrim were strong and filled with wrath and many enemies were slain. The Rohirrim went hither and thither at their will and so √Čomer was only brought to Th√©oden when the king was already mortally wounded. Before his death Th√©oden hailed √Čomer as King of the Mark and √Čomer and those who stood by wept. When √Čomer recognized √Čowyn lying nearby a cold fury rose in him and without taking counsel or waiting for the approach of the men of the City he led his men across the field slaying all enemies in their path. As they charged he shouted out 'Death! Ride, ride to ruin and the world's ending!'.

But soon fortune turned against √Čomer and he and his men were encircled. Just in time came the aid of the horsemen of Gondor among them Hirluin of the Green Hills and Imrahil prince of Dol Amroth came. But ever more enemies came from Osgiliath and when the black ships of the Corsairs came up the Anduin the battle seemed lost. √Čomer rallied the Rohirrim for a last fight against the Corsairs when he realized the standard of Aragorn unfurling on the first ship.

The enemies fled when they saw that their own ships were filled with foes and so √Čomer met Aragorn in the midst of the battlefield as Aragorn had predicted.

The battle ended in victory and √Čomer learned that √Čowyn was not dead but lay gravely ill in the Houses of Healing. He also learned that the contact with the Lord of the Nazgul was not the only reason for her sickness but that also her despair had worsened it. Aragorn managed to heal √Čowyn and she awoke at her brother's call. Meriadoc Brandybuck was also healed and √Čomer made him a Knight of the Riddermark in return for his aid for √Čowyn and Th√©oden.

The next day √Čomer took part in the debate of the Captains of the West. There Gandalf told that their hope now lay with Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee, who had gone to Mordor to destroy the One Ring wrought by Sauron. Gandalf councelled that they should ride to the Black Gate in order to force Sauron to empty his land and to give the Ring-bearers their only chance. Aragorn agreed and √Čomer decided to follow his friend in return for his aid in their time of need.

On 18 March the Host of the West, Gandalf, the Three Hunters and √Čomer among them, set out towards the Black Gate. They arrived there on 25 March and withstood the forces of the enemy until the Ring was destroyed and Sauron and his servants and works perished.

After the great victory Aragorn set up his camp on the Field of Cormallen in North Ithilien and √Čomer took part in the celebrations there.[20] Together with the other Captains of the West he returned to Minas Tirith and attended the coronation of Aragorn on 1 May. A week later he set out to Rohan with √Čowyn for there was much to organize and to set in order. Before his departure he renewed the Oath of Eorl for Aragorn and both swore everlasting friendship between Rohan and Gondor.[21] √Čomer returned in July and brought Th√©oden's body back to Edoras. On 10 August there the funeral of Th√©oden took place and √Čomer announced the betrothal of √Čowyn to Faramir, the Steward of Gondor and Prince of Ithilien. When the feast was over, √Čomer and √Čowyn gave Merry the name Holdwine, 'loyal friend,' of the Mark, and the ancient Horn of the Mark, an heirloom of the House of Eorl.

King of the Mark

But though Sauron had perished the King of the West had many enemies to destroy before the White Tree could grow in peace. So √Čomer often fulfilled the Oath of Eorl and went with King Elessar far into the East and South of Middle-earth. He was known as √Čomer √Čadig, or 'the Blessed', because during his reign Rohan recovered from the hurts of the War and became a rich and fruitful land again. In T.A. 3021 he wedded Princess Loth√≠riel, daughter of Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, whom he had met during his stay in Gondor and she bore him a son Elfwine the Fair.

In Fourth Age 63 √Čomer asked his Knight Merry Brandybuck to visit him one last time. Both Merry and his friend Pippin came to Rohan and stayed for a while. In the autumn of that year, King √Čomer died and his son Elfwine the Fair became King of Rohan. King √Čomer had reigned for 65 years, longer than any other King of Rohan save Aldor the Old.

Personality

He was tall, strong and possessed of great passion and also was considered a valiant and splendid warrior and a discerning and decent man. √Čomer became a great, wise and skilled warrior and rider. In a note written well after the initial publication of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien gave √Čomer's height as 'of like height with Aragorn', due to his grandmother Morwen Steelsheen, who was of N√ļmen√≥rean descent. Aragorn's height has been estimated at 6 feet, 6 inches.

Weapon

√Čomer's sword was called G√ļthwin√ę, which is Old English for 'battle-friend'.

Etymology

His name is likely derived from the Anglo-Saxon words eoh ('war-horse'), and mere, ('grand, excellent, famous'). He adopted the epithet √Čadig during his kingship, which is an Old English word meaning 'happy, wealthy' and usually translated as 'blessed', used for saints in medieval literature.

Inspiration

Eomer is an Old English name appearing in Beowulf. Eomer is also an ancestor of Offa of Mercia.

Illus. Magali Villeneuve

Titles, Aliases, and Descriptions

Éadig Third Marshal of the Riddermark King of Rohan

Family

Éomund (Father) Théodwyn (Mother) Lothíriel (Wife) Éowyn (Sister) Théoden (Uncle) Théodred (Cousin)

Groups

The Rohirrim

Items, Mounts, and Actions

Firefoot Gúthwinë

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