- "The Men of the Mark do not lie, therefore they are not easily deceived."
Éomer, of the House of Eorl, was the son of Éomund, nephew of King Théoden of Rohan - as well as the Chief Marshal of the Mark. Éomund also had a daughter named Éowyn, Éomer's sister. After they were orphaned Théoden adopted them as his own children.
Éomer was third Marshal of the Mark, and was a strong leader of Men. Éomer was faithful to his country, and people. He was honored highly, and prized extensively by the king and was good friends with Théodred, son of Théoden who loved him like a brother.
His éored hunted down the Uruk-hai that had taken Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took as they camped near Fangorn forest, slaying them all. He never saw the Hobbits, as they fled during the battle. Afterwards he met Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas in the plains of Rohan, and he lent them two horses, Arod and Hasufel.
Éomer returned to Edoras and reported on meeting the Ranger and friends and allowing them to go free, a violation of the king's law. Under the poisonous advice of Gríma Wormtongue, he was imprisoned by Théoden, who had grown weak, aged, and supicious under Saruman the White's influence.
After Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas reunited with Gandalf, the four hastened to Edoras, where Gandalf broke Saruman's influence over Théoden and restored him to health and vitality. Théoden freed Éomer, who offered his sword to Théoden in token of his loyalty. Théoden named Éomer his heir prior to riding away from Edoras to the defense of the Hornburg.
At the Battle of the Hornburg, where he and his éored drove the orcs and Dunlendings of Saruman into the walls of the Glittering Caves and in the Huorn forest, where they were killed. One of main defences that Eomer was involved in was the defence of the gate where he, Aragorn, and a small band of men left through a small door at the side of the Hornburg and led an assault on the forces attempting to break the gates of the Hornburg. After this attack Eomer and Aragorn attempted to return through the door when Eomer was jumped upon by several orcs who had laid low during the assault though Eomer was saved by Gimli who had secretly followed him out to the gate.
Afterwards he rode with Théoden, Aragorn, and Gandalf when they went to Isengard, where they confronted a trapped and defeated Saruman. Éomer then rode with his king to the defense of Gondor, leading the first éored in the charge against the forces of Mordor besieging the city.
In the year TA 3019 at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Théoden was fatally crushed by his horse, Snowmane, after being thrown by the Witch King's Nazgul. Éomer became King of the Mark upon his death. Following the battle, Éomer and his men went back to Edoras to attend to affairs of the kingdom, returning later to bear the body of Théoden back to his home for burial.
Éomer renewed the Oath of Eorl with Aragorn after Aragorn had been crowned King Elessar of the Reunited Kingdom, and Éomer had been crowned King of Rohan, swearing everlasting friendship between Rohan and Gondor (and legalizing Cirion's grant of Calenardhon to the Éothéod.)
He became known as Éomer Éadig, or "the Blessed", because during his reign Rohan recovered from the hurts of the War and became a rich and fruitful land again.
Éomer had met Lothíriel, daughter of Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth during his stay in Gondor, and they were wed. She bore him a son Elfwine, who succeeded his father, after Éomer's death in the year FO 63
Éomer means "one who is famous in terms of horses" (Old English). His name was likely derived from the Anglo-Saxon words "eoh" ("war-horse"), "maer" (famous), and "éadig" ("blessed").
The name appears as the name of a King of the Angles, both in both the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, in which he is the son of Angeltheow and grandson of Offa and, in its West Saxon form Ēomǣr, in the epic poem Beowulf, in which he was the son of Offa and grandson of Wermund.
Portrayal on AdaptationsEdit
In the Lord of the Rings film trilogy by Peter Jackson, Éomer is exiled by Gríma Wormtongue before meeting Aragorn, and is an outcast until he arrives at Helm's Deep, summoned by Gandalf. In this sense, his character has been combined with the character of Erkenbrand, who, in the book, is the one with whom Gandalf returns to Helm's Deep. At the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in the third film, Éomer kills the Chief of the mumakil riders. Éomer was played by New Zealand actor Karl Urban. He also appears in The Lord of the Rings Online.
Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit
Voice Dubbing actorsEdit
|Foreign Language||Voice dubbing artist|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Raúl Anaya|
|Spanish (Spain)||Salvador Aldeguer|
|Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD)||Tatá Guarnieri|
- "Strider is too poor a name, son of Arathorn. Wingfoot I name you. This deed of the three friends should be sung in many a hall."
- —Éomer talking to Aragorn about the speed at which they hunted the Uruk-Hai
- "It shall be so. Legolas upon my left, and Aragorn upon my right, and none will dare to stand before us."
- —Éomer speaking to Gimli before leaving Edoras
- "He walks here and there, they say, as an old man hooded and cloaked, very much like to Gandalf, as many now recall."
- —Éomer describing Saruman
- "I thank you, Gimli son of Glóin! I did not know that you were with us in the sortie. But oft the unbidden guest proves the best company."
- —Éomer thanking Gimli after the attack on the Hornburg gates
- "Rohirrim! TO THE KING!"
- —Éomer at the battle for Helm's Deep
|King of Rohan|
TA 3019 - FO 63