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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
[[Théoden]] and the [[Rohirrim|Riders]] reached the outer hills of [[Rohan]] after a hard three days' journey. [[Éomer]], Théoden's sister-son, urged his uncle not to go further east, but Théoden insisted on going to war. Gathering the remaining Riders of Rohan, Théoden decided to ride to the Hold at [[Dunharrow]], where the people of Rohan had taken shelter in anticipation of war. He found [[Éowyn]], the Lady of Rohan, waiting there among her people, and he ordered the host to rest for the night.
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[[Théoden]] and the [[Rohirrim|Riders]] reached the outer hills of [[Rohan]] after a hard three days’ journey. [[Éomer]], Théoden’s sister-son, urged his uncle not to go further east, but Théoden insisted on going to war. Gathering the remaining Riders of Rohan, Théoden decided to ride to the Hold at [[Dunharrow]], where the people of Rohan had taken shelter in anticipation of war. He found [[Éowyn]], the Lady of Rohan, waiting there among her people, and he ordered the host to rest for the night.
  
At dinner, [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] waited at Théoden's side, fulfilling his duties as the king's new squire. Théoden further explained to Merry the legend of the [[Paths of the Dead]], speculating about whether or not [[Aragorn]] would survive. A messenger from [[Gondor]] entered the tent. Merry was startled by the man's armour, as it reminded him of [[Boromir]]. The stranger brought a [[Red Arrow]]—a summons, sent only in times of great peril—from the [[Stewards of Gondor|Steward of Gondor]]. Théoden stated that six thousand Riders would set out for [[Minas Tirith]] in the morning, but that they would not reach Minas Tirith for a week.
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At dinner, [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] waited at Théoden’s side, fulfilling his duties as the king’s new squire. Théoden further explained to Merry the legend of the [[Paths of the Dead]], speculating about whether or not [[Aragorn]] would survive. A messenger from [[Gondor]] entered the tent. Merry was startled by the man’s armor, as it reminded him of [[Boromir]]. The stranger brought a [[Red Arrow]]—a summons, sent only in times of great peril—from the [[Stewards of Gondor|Steward of Gondor]]. Théoden stated that six thousand Riders would set out for [[Minas Tirith]] in the morning, but that they would not reach Minas Tirith for a week.
  
There was no sunrise the next morning; a great Darkness had descended, and all the land was buried under a terrible gloom emanating from [[Mordor]]. As the host prepared to leave, Théoden asked Merry to stay behind when they passed the city of [[Edoras]]. The ride to Gondor would be hard and swift, and none among the Riders could afford the burden of carrying the hobbit along. Merry was sorely disappointed, but the king had made up his mind. Éowyn, however, escorted Merry to a small booth and outfitted him as best she could in the armour of the King's Guard. She bade Merry farewell and returned to her tent.
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There was no sunrise the next morning; a great Darkness had descended, and all the land was buried under a terrible gloom emanating from [[Mordor]]. As the host prepared to leave, Théoden asked Merry to stay behind when they passed the city of [[Edoras]]. The ride to Gondor would be hard and swift, and none among the Riders could afford the burden of carrying the hobbit along. Merry was sorely disappointed, but the king had made up his mind. Éowyn, however, escorted Merry to a small booth and outfitted him as best she could in the armor of the King’s Guard. She bade Merry farewell and returned to her tent.
  
In Edoras, Merry lost all hope of going to Gondor until a young and slender Rider offered to carry Merry with him secretly to battle. The Rider introduced himself as Dernhelm. Merry gratefully accepted, and soon Théoden's host departed for Minas Tirith.
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In Edoras, Merry lost all hope of going to Gondor until a young and slender Rider offered to carry Merry with him secretly to battle. The Rider introduced himself as Dernhelm. Merry gratefully accepted, and soon Théoden’s host departed for Minas Tirith.
 
[[Category:The Return of the King chapters|Muster of Rohan]]
 
[[Category:The Return of the King chapters|Muster of Rohan]]
 
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