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"Faithful servant yet master's bane,
Lightfoot's foal, swift Snowmane
― Carved upon Snowmane's Howe

Snowmane, also referred to as Theoden's Bane and Master's Bane, was the steed of Théoden, King of Rohan, on which he rode to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and beneath which he fell in that battle. Snowmane was killed when he was struck with a "black arrow". Snowmane's sire was Lightfoot.[1]

Snowmane was buried where he fell and ever after the grass grew the most green. He was probably one of the Mearas.[source?]


Snowmane is the Modern English form of Old English (which represents Rohirric) snāw-mana. The proper Rohirric name was thus Snawmana.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 763