Marhwini was the first lord of the people who became known as the Éothéod, later the Rohirrim.


Marhwini was the son of Marhari, who led a remnant of the Northmen to battle alongside Gondor to stop the advance of the Wainriders years earlier. Through Marhari his father, he was also a direct descendant of Vidugavia, 'King of Rhovanion'.

Marhwini's father Marhari first aligned his people with Gondor in a fight with the Wainriders called the Battle of the Plains. In that conflict, King Narmacil II of Gondor was slain, as was Marhari. Marhwini then led a remnant of what remained of the Northmen to the vales of Anduin, where they mixed with fugitives escaped from the east. This was the beginning of the culture that would become the Rohirrim.

During the reign of Calimehtar, King of Gondor, Marhwini sent word to Gondor that a host of Wainriders was preparing to assault the land of Calenardhon (later Rohan). Eager to avenge Gondor's prior defeat by the Wainriders, Calimehtar led an army out of Gondor and joined with Northmen under Marhwini. The combined force overwhelmed the Wainriders' army. As Marhwini had hoped, many thralls of the Wainriders who had once been among the Northmen revolted, and caused their captor's settlements to be destroyed. As the Wainriders retreated from battle, they were forced to return far to the east, having been defeated and driven from their homes. Thus were the Men of Éothéod for a time victorious.

He had a son named Forthwini.[1]


Marhwini means horse-friend, and is taken from the Gothic language with Marh (mearh in Old English) meaning 'horse' and wini (winë in Old English) meaning 'friend'.[1]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ማርህዊኒ
Arabic مارهيني
Armenian Մարհւինի
Belarusian Cyrillic Марhўіні
Bengali মারহাউইনি
Bulgarian Cyrillic Мархвини
Georgian მარჰვინი
Greek Μαρθυινι ?
Gujarati મર્હ્વિનિ
Hindi मर्ह्विनि
Japanese マルヴィニー
Kannada ಮಾರ್ಹ್ವಿನಿ
Kazakh Cyrillic Марһуіні
Korean 마위 니
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Марhwини
Lao ມະrຫວິນິ ?
Macedonian Cyrillic Мархwини
Malayalam മാര്വിനി
Marathi मर्ह्विनि
Mongolian Cyrillic Мархвини
Nepalese मर्ह्विनि
Pashto مارهوینی
Persian ماروینی
Punjabi ਮਾਰਹਵਨੀ
Russian Мархвини
Sanskrit मर्ह्विनि
Serbian Мархwини (Cyrillic) Marhwini (Latin)
Sinhalese මාර්වින්නි
Tajik Cyrillic Марҳwини
Tamil மர்ஹவினி
Telugu మర్హ్wఇని ?
Thai มะรฮวินิ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Маргwіні
Urdu مارویوی
Uzbek Марҳwини (Cyrillic) Marhwini (Latin)
Yiddish מאַרהוויני
Lord of the Éothéod
Preceded by
Marhwini Succeeded by


  1. 1.0 1.1 Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Three, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"