By custom, the Men of Rohan called themselves Eorlingas in their own tongue, the followers of Eorl their first King. Helm Hammerhand was the eighth descendant of Eorl to hold Rohan's throne, and he came close to losing his kingdom when he was driven into the refuge of Helm's Deep by invading Dunlendings. Centuries later, the Men of Rohan found themselves in similar straits during the War of the Ring. Helm's struggle was remembered then, when Gamling referred to the defending Rohirrim not as Eorlingas, but as Helmingas, the descendants of King Helm Hammerhand who had successfully defended the Deep centuries earlier.
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