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Éothain Man

√Čothain was a rider of Rohan.


√Čothain was a member of √Čomer's √©ored that overran the orcs who had captured Merry and Pippin at the fringe of Fangorn Forest, and encountered Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli on 30 February, T.A. 3019. √Čothain scoffed at the idea that Hobbits even existed, believing them to be nothing but a child's tale, and argued against the gift of horses to the three companions.

Other versions of the legendarium

In one of the last drafts of The Riders of Rohan, √Čothain was √Čomer's squire, whereas in a later draft of The Ride of the Rohirrim, he was the captain of √Čomer's household √©ored.[3] No reference to √Čothain's rank in √Čomer's √©ored is made in The Lord of the Rings.


√Čothain contains the Old English elements √Čoh ('warhorse') and thegn ('warrior, chieftain'). It was a rendition of a Rohirric name that was never recorded, though the first element is likely translated from l√ī/loh, 'war-horse'.

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