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Associated with the immortal Vala Oromë, who descended into Arda at its beginning
Travelled the lands of both Aman and Middle-earth
na'harr ('rr' indicates that the final 'r' sound should be pronounced)


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The steed of Oromë

The legendary horse ridden by Oromë, the Huntsman of the Valar. Nahar's coat was said to be white under the Sun, but to shimmer like silver in the night.



It is not explained what kind of being Nahar was, though he was clearly far more than a simple horse (at the very least, Nahar seems to have been as immortal as his master Oromë). We might compare Nahar with Oromë's Hound, Huan, who could understand speech (and indeed speak himself at times). Whether the same was true of Nahar is unclear, but he did have some remarkable abilities (not least the power cross the Great Sea from Aman to Middle-earth without apparent difficulty). Nahar might just conceivably have been a Maia of some kind, or at least to have possessed some kind of inner spirit that made him a suitable steed for one of the Valar.


In volume XI of The History of Middle-earth, we have Oromë's own explanation for Nahar's name: 'he is called from the sound of his voice'. In other words, Nahar is an Elvish rendering of a word that might be spelt 'neigher' in English. The Elvish version of the name was said to derive from an original Valarin form, which is recorded as næχærra.

See also...

Great Rider, Horses


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