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The steed of Dernhelm

A grey horse of the Rohirrim, whose name came from their tongue, meaning 'wind-foal'. Windfola was the horse that carried Éowyn (in the guise of Dernhelm) the long miles from Dunharrow to the Pelennor Fields, secretly accompanied by Meriadoc Brandybuck. Windfola was in the charge of the Rohirrim into the Battle of the Pelennor, but at the onset of the Lord of the Nazgûl, the horse went mad with fear, threw his riders, and fled in panic. Left behind by their steed, Éowyn and Merry brought down the Witch-king, but by then Windfola had left them far behind him on the battlefield.

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