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Eorlingas was a name sometimes the Rohirrim used for themselves, as followers and descendants of their first King, Eorl.

The word was used in a call to arms chanted by King Théoden when Gandalf had healed him:[1]

"Arise now, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Dire deeds awake, dark it is eastward.
Let horse be bridled, horn be sounded!
Forth Eorlingas!
― King Théoden

[edit] Etymology

eorl + -ingas

In a manuscript, the form Eorlings also occurs.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "II. The Appendix on Languages", p. 34 (§14)