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Eorl the Young becomes King of Rohan

Event Type: Political

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Date: August 1, 2510

Description:
An event in the aftermath of the Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs; see that entry for a description of the war, the enemy and the overall timeline:

At last tidings came to Eorl of the need of Gondor, and late though it seemed, he set out with a great host of riders.

Thus he came to the battle of the Field of Celebrant, for that was the name of the green land that lay between Silverlode and Limlight. There the northern army of Gondor was in peril. Defeated in the Wold and cut off from the south, it had been driven across the Limlight, and was then suddenly assailed by the Orc-host that pressed it towards the Anduin. All hope was lost when, unlooked for, the Riders came out of the North and broke upon the rear of the enemy. Then the fortunes of battle were reversed, and the enemy was driven with slaughter over Limlight. Eorl led his men in pursuit, and so great was the fear that went before horsemen of the North that the invaders of the Wold were also thrown into panic, and the Riders hunted them over the plains of Calenardhon.

The people of that region had become few since the Plague, and most of those that remained had been slaughtered by the savage Easterlings. Cirion, therefore, in reward for his aid, gave Calenardhon between Anduin and Isen to Eorl and his people; and they sent north for their wives and children and their goods and settled in that land. They named it anew the Mark of the Riders, and they called themselves the Eorlingas; but in Gondor their land was called Rohan, and its people the Rohirrim (that is, the Horse-lords). Thus Eorl became the first King of the Mark, and he chose for his dwelling a green hill before the feet of the White Mountains that were the south-wall of his land. There the Rohirrim lived afterwards as free men under their own kings and laws, but in perpetual alliance with Gondor.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl

2485-2545
1. Eorl the Young.
He was so named because he succeeded his father in youth and remained yellow-haired and ruddy to the end of his days. These were shortened by a renewed attack of the Easterlings. Eorl fell in battle in the Wold, and the first mound was raised. Felaróf was laid there also.

2512-70
2. Brego. He drove the enemy out of the Wold, and Rohan was not attacked again for many years. ...

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl

[Note: The exact date is not known, but a day is set to keep the chronology correct.]

Contributors:
Lyllyn 12May03
added links: Elena Tiriel 13Aug04

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