The Rohirrim were descended from the so-called Middle Peoples
who shared an ancient kinship with the ancestors of the Edain
. Note that the detailed descent of the Northmen
is rather more complex than shown here, and according to some readings the Rohirrim were ultimately descended from the 'Edain
' branch of this tree. See the entry for 'Northmen
' for a detailed discussion on this topic.
The people of Rohan. Originally descended from the Éothéod of the North. When Eorl was granted the land of Rohan, his people became known as the Rohirrim, from the Elvish for 'People of the Horse-lords'.
A rohir is a lord (hir) who rides a horse (roch); a word that could reasonably be translated 'knight'. In many languages, the word for knight makes specific reference to his steed, as in French chevalier or Latin eques, but this link has been lost in English. The Elvish word rohir appears in one other important place, the name of Elrond's son Elrohir, which means 'Elf-knight'.
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