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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 56: Charge!

15th August 2013 (16:39)

Here's Oromë's horse at a full gallop, just to prove he can do it!

From 'Lord of the Rings' Book V Chapter 5:

"Suddenly the king cried to Snowmane, and the horse sprang away. Behind him his banner blew in the wind, white horse upon a field of green, but he outpaced it. After him thundered the knights of his house, but he was ever before them. Éomer rode there, the white horsetail on his helm floating in his speed, and the front of the first éored roared like a breaker foaming to the shore, but Théoden could not be overtaken. Fey he seemed, or the battle-fury of his fathers ran like new fire in his veins, and he was borne up upon Snowmane like a god of old, even as Oromë the Great in the battle of the Valar when the world was young. His golden shield was uncovered, and lo! it shone like an image of the Sun, and the grass flamed into green about the white feet of his steed. for morning came, morning and a wind from the sea; and the darkness was removed, and the hosts of Mordor wailed, and terror took them, and they fled, and died, and the hoofs of wrath rode over them. and then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even to the City."

This scene in my comic here is the reference that Théoden is being compared to. :) It's one of my favourite paragraphs in LotR, especially once I realised that Tolkien wrote it as alliterative text, almost like a prose version of an Anglo-Saxon poem. 'Suddenly / Snowmane / sprang'; 'Behind / banner / blew'; 'Fey / fury / fathers / fire'; 'song / sang / slew'.

For the record: Eonwë kind of comes out of nowhere in the published Silmarillion at the end of the First Age, so I'm introducing him a little earlier here. Originally he was actually the son of Manwë and Varda, until Tolkien changed his mind and decided that Valar don't reproduce sexually. Also, if you don't remember her from #32, the Maia in a violet dress tagging along at the back there is Melian. :)


Part 56: Charge!

Next time: Part 57: Run away!

Chibis by tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!


Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 15th August 2013 17:43 (UTC)

OK, Eonwë looks pretty good in his glam-rock armor, but come on, Manwë... are you really going to lead the Host of the Valar into battle in a blue nightshirt?

Does Yavanna have a weapon? I'd expect her to be in there hacking away with gusto. (Gustö of the Maiar, her fencing instructor.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th August 2013 20:00 (UTC)

Blue nightshirts are cool!

I'm not sure if Yavanna would have a sword, or if she'd go more for the 'entangling vines grow out of the earth and strangle a host of Orcs' approach.

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 15th August 2013 20:32 (UTC)

The Ents should be awake by now, right? I can't imagine Yavanna wouldn't have made contact with them on her various trips to Middle-Earth.

Maybe it's time for Birnam Wood to come to Utumno.

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 18th August 2013 15:16 (UTC)

Why are the other horses staring at Oromë's horses butt?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th August 2013 22:44 (UTC)

She's on heat?

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