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The sire of Snowmane

"Faithful servant yet master's bane
Lightfoot's foal, swift Snowmane.
Inscription on the grave marker of Snowmane's Howe
The Return of the King V 6,
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

A horse of the Rohirrim, and parent to King Théoden's steed, Snowmane. As the sire of a King's mount, it seems reasonable to speculate that Lightfoot was one of the regal horses known as mearas, of the same kind as Shadowfax. When Snowmane died in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, a grave mound was raised over him known as Snowmane's Howe, and the inscription on the stone marker set up on that grave, given above, is our only explicit reference to Lightfoot.

See also...

Horses, Nina Lightfoot

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