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King’s Riders

The personal guard of the Lord of the Mark

A detachment of the Riders of Rohan who formed a part of the King's Household, serving as guards, warriors or scouts as the need arose. This body of Men formed an éored, a force of at least one hundred and twenty Riders under the direct command of the Lord of the Mark. Also known as the King's Company, these Riders were accounted the leading éored of all Rohan's armies, and it was common for the heirs of young lords to spend time as officers among them.

A similar arrangement was also made for each of the Marshals of the Mark, the highest military authorities beneath the King himself. Like the King, each of the Marshals (who were usually three in number) had an éored of Riders under his own direct command.

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