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

Snowmane was the steed of Théoden, King of Rohan. His sire was Lightfoot[1] and was probably one of the Mearas.[2]

Théoden rode with him to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The steed was killed when struck with a black dart by the Witch-king, and he fell on the King, mortally wounding him.[1]

Snowmane, also referred to as Théoden's Bane and Master's Bane, was buried where he fell. On the site known as Snowmane's Howe a stone was erected the grass grew the most green ever after.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Snowmane is the Modern English form of Old English (which represents Rohirric) snāw-mana. The proper Rohirric name was thus Snawmana.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 362
  3. 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