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Race
Division
Culture
Originally of the Éothéod, but later settled in Rohan
Settlements
Eorl's seat in Rohan was at Aldburg
Family
Founded the House of Eorl
Pronunciation
Essentially as modern English 'earl'1
Meaning
'Nobleman'
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Eorl

The founding King of Rohan

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Lords of the Éothéod and their predecessors

Kings of Rohan

The son of Léod of the Éothéod, and founder of Rohan. When Gondor was assailed beyond hope, they sent north to Eorl for aid, and he came south in force to rout the enemies of the South-kingdom. As reward, Steward Cirion granted him and his people the land of Calenardhon to dwell in.


Notes

1

The connection with the English word earl is no coincidence: in fact, Old English eorl, used to describe a nobleman, is the ultimate origin of the modern English word.

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