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Those who followed Thengel

"There Théoden fell, Thengling mighty..."
from the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg
The Return of the King V 6
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Properly, a title or surname that could be used for any of the descendants or followers of Thengel, the sixteenth King of Rohan. It was equivalent in that sense to 'Eorlings' for all the Men of Rohan, or 'Helmingas' for the defenders of Helm's Deep. In the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg, though, it is used in a much more specific sense for Théoden, where it emphasises that the slain King was not merely a descendant of Thengel, but his son and direct heir.

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