Things of Middle-earth
A hill-pony of Rohan, given to Merry for his use by King Théoden.
'[You] shall ride with me.'
'May I?' said Merry, surprised and delighted. 'That would be splendid!' ... 'I am afraid I am only in everybody's way,' he stammered; 'but I should like to do anything I could, you know.'
'I doubt it not,' said the king. 'I have had a good hill-pony made ready for you. He will bear you as swift as any horse by the roads that we shall take. For I will ride from the Burg by mountain paths, not by the plain, and so come to Edoras by way of Dunharrow....' ...
The king mounted his horse, Snowmane, and Merry sat beside him on his pony: Stybba was his name.
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 2, The Passing of the Grey Company
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 11Aug06