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Marhari

Meaning: horse-?

Location(s): Rhovanion (Wilderland)

Race/Species: Man

Type/Kind: Rohirrim

Title(s): Lord of the Northmen

Dates: died III 1856

Parents: descendant of Vidugavia, King of Rhovanion

Children: Mahrwini

Description:
The escape of the army of Gondor from total destruction [in the Battle of the Plains] was in part due to the courage and loyalty of the horsemen of the Northmen under Marhari (a descendant of Vidugavia "King of Rhovanion") who acted as rearguard.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: Notes, Note 5

[King Narmacil II's] great army was saved from annihilation by the Wainriders through the rearguard defence of Marhari, descendant of Vidugavia.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: Notes, Note 8

It is an interesting fact ... that the names of the early kings and princes of the Northmen and the Éothéod are Gothic in form, not Old English (Anglo-Saxon) as in the case of Léod, Eorl, and the later Rohirrim. ... Marhwini and Marhari contain the Gothic word marh "horse," corresponding to Old English mearh, plural mearas, the word used in The Lord of the Rings for the horses of Rohan; wini "friend" corresponds to Old English winë, seen in the names of several of the Kings of the Mark. Since, as is explained in Appendix F (II), the language of Rohan was "made to resemble ancient English," the names of the ancestors of the Rohirrim are cast into the forms of the earliest recorded Germanic language.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: Notes, Note 6

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 8Oct05

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