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Tapestry of Léod and Felaróf
Mearas
Name Mearas
Dominions Middle-earth
Languages
Height
Weight
Skin Color
Hair Color
Lifespan As long as Men (approx. 80 years)
Distinctions Strong, wild, intelligent
Members Felaróf, Shadowfax


The Mearas were a breed of wild horses in the north of Middle-earth. They surpass normal horses in intelligence, speed and strength. According to lore, the ancestors of the Mearas were brought from the West by Oromë.[1]

HistoryEdit

They were descended from Felaróf, who was tamed by the first King of Rohan, Eorl.[1] The descendants of Felaróf would later become the mounts of the King of Rohan, and would bear no one except for the Kings of the Mark and their sons.

During the Third Age, Gandalf was given consent to ride Shadowfax, Lord of the Mearas.[2] Shadowfax continued to accompany Gandalf throughout the latter half War of the Ring. He was also present at the Grey Havens when Gandalf sailed to Valinor.[3]

EtymologyEdit

The name Mearas simply means "horses" in Old English. Its singular form is mearh.[citation needed]

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In other versions, the Mearas were descended from the horses of the Men of Westernesse which they brought over the Great Seas.[4]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic መኣራስ
Arabic ميراس
Armenian Մեարաս
Belarusian Cyrillic Мэарас
Bengali মেঅরাস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Меарас
Dari مهاراس
Georgian მეარასი
Greek Μαέρας
Gujarati મેઅરસ
Hebrew מירס
Hindi मायरस
Japanese メアラス
Kannada ಮೀರಾಸ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Меарас
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Мэарас
Laotian ມເະຣະສ
Macedonian Cyrillic Меарас
Marathi मायरस
Mongolian Cyrillic Мэарас
Nepalese मेअरस
Pashto مېاراس
Persian مهاراس
Polish Mearasy
Punjabi ਮੇਅਰਸ
Russian Меарас
Serbian Меарас (Cyrillic) Mearas (Latin)
Sinhalese මෙඅරස්
Tajik Cyrillic Меарас
Tamil மெரஸ்
Telugu మెఅరస
Thai มเะระซ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Меарас
Urdu میاراس
Uyghur مەاراس
Uzbek Меарас (Cyrillic) Mearas (Latin)
Yiddish מעאַראַס

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, II: The House of Eorl
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter II: "The Riders of Rohan"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter IX: "The Grey Havens"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, XX: "The Riders of Rohan"

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