Eorl the Young

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Article: "Eorl" - quick description by Eonwe-(Valar)
Article: "Eorl the Young" - article by Anarion-(V)


by Eonwe-(Valar)
Feb. 6, 2003

    Eorl was the Founder of Rohan and its first king.

Reference: Two Towers: "Book" 3

Eorl the Young

by Anarion-(TV)
Nov. 9, 1999
'Hear now all peoples who bow not to the Shadow in the east,
by the gift of the Lord of the Mundburg
we will come to
dwell in the land that he names
and therefore I vow
in my own name and on behalf of the Éothéod of the North

that between us and the Great People of the West there shall be friendship forever:
their enemies shall be our enemies,

their need shall be our need,
and whatsoever evil, or threat, or assault may come upon them
we will aid them to the utmost
end of our strength.
This vow shall descend to my heirs,
all such as may come after me in our new land,
and let them keep it
in faith unbroken,
lest the Shadow fall on them
and they become accursed.'

    So said Eorl the Young at the tomb of Elendil and forever bonded Rohan to Gondor in oaths with Manwë and Varda as witnesses. By Cirion the Steward of Gondor, Eorl and his people were given the area where Rohan took shape long after Gondor had abandoned much of its lands further afield. Eorl became the first king of the Rohirrim and the "Mark" which if I remember reading somewhere means "gift". He was young and had gold hair and was to come to the aid of Gondor many times, including at the Battle of the Field of Celebrant.
    He fell at the Battle in the Wold and over him the first mound was raised.
    He was succeeded by Brego .

References: Unfinished Tales, Lord of the Rings, Tolkien Quiz Book