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Marhari

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Marhari (T.A. 1770T.A. 1856, aged 86 years) was a Northman descended from the Kingdom of Rhovanion and a member of the royal house. His distant ancestor was King Vidugavia.[1]

In T.A. 1851, a tribe of Easterlings called the Wainriders began invading from the East.[2] Marhari led the soldiers of Rhovanion, together with the armies of Gondor under King Narmacil II, against the invaders at the Battle of the Plains in 1856. The battle was a disaster, as Narmacil was killed[2] and Marhari fell in his rearguard. The Wainriders then overran Rhovanion and enslaved its people.[3]

Marhari's son Marhwini led a group of refugees west to the Vales of Anduin. They would become the Éothéod, the ancestors of the mighty Riders of Rohan.[3]

Genealogy

Vidugavia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARHARI
 
 
 
 
Marhwini
 
 
 
 
Forthwini


Etymology

Marhari is a Gothic name meaning 'horse-soldier'. The first element is related to English "mare" (see mearas).[4] The second element -hari is a simplified version of Gothic -harya "armyman, warrior" (seen also in Vinitharya) to indicate a later age.

In Old English this element became -here and is seen in the later Rohirric name Dúnhere which translates as "hill warrior".

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", Note 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", Note 6