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The History of Rohan
I had a very brief history of the creation of Rohan in this post, so here I’ll get into more detail about the events that lead to the steward Cirion giving Rohan to Eol and the Eorlingas.
The Eotheod was one of the cultures of men that made up the Northmen of Rhovanion (men descended from the Edain of the First Age, but didn’t travel to Numenor.) They lived north of Mirkwood. Though they lived over a thousand miles away from Gondor, they remained allies long after most of the Northmen had been killed by disease and war.
During the Watchful Peace (around 2500 of the Third Age) Gondor was being attacked simultaneously by orcs from Mordor and the Corsairs of Umbar. During this time Cirion was the ruling steward of Gondor. In desperation he decided to ask the Eotheod for help. To get word to them he chose six riders to travel through lands that were already being watched by the enemy, and they had very little time to do it. Then Cirion took what army Gondor had left and marched to Calenardhon (present day Gondor.)
Only one of Cirion’s riders reached the Eotheod, led by Eorl the Young (called so because he became king at only 16, and was at this point still only 25 years old.) Though the Eotheod had no obligation to help Gondor, Eorl quickly decided that they would ride to Cirion’s aid. He gathered an army of over seven thousand riders, and they marched for Gondor immediately.
Meanwhile, Cirion’s army was nearly defeated. The orc army had driven it to the banks of the Anduin, and things looked very bad. At this moment Eorl’s army came up behind the orcs. Trapped now between two armies of men, the orcs were soon destroyed. (Somewhere in the battle the sons of Elrond make a completely random cameo, then disappear when the fighting is done.)
After the battle Cirion gave to Eorl the land of Calenardhon to rule as king, and Eorl’s children after him. Then the two went to Elendil’s tomb to make oaths of friendship. Eorl’s oath was:
I vow in my own name and on behalf of the Eotheod of the North that between us and the Great People of the West there sall be friendship forever: their enemies shall be our enemies, their need shall be our need, and whatsoever evil, or threat, or assault may come upon them we will aid them to the utmost end of our strength.
Cirion swore an oath to the same terms - that Gondor would also come to Rohan’s aid when they needed it. He swore the oath in the name of the Valar and Iluvatar, which hadn’t been done since Elendil and Gil-galad had sworn their own oath of alliance.
And thus the kingdom of the Riddermark was established (known more commonly by its Sindarin name, Rohan.)
SOURCES: LOTR Apendices, Unfinished Tales (“Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan”)
((Artwork by Ted Nasmith))
“He sat on a stone bench. Though he faced the far wall, his presence was undeniable. He radiated authority in the noble set of his shoulders, the flowing of his garments like liquid. Yet he did not turn to acknowledge her arrival--he lacked none of the pride that accompanied royalty. There was no doubt in her mind that this being was like Marrcesh: not human.”—“A Far Cry;” An Excerpt
As I’ve mentioned before; Cirion is homosexual, which means he’s attracted to people of the same gender as himself. (yesyes, thank you captain obvious..)
Cirion is not the most outgoing person, and because of this he’s had some problems when he falls for someone. There is nothing he wants to do more than to please the target of his feelings, yet he finds this hard at times. He is rather easy to please, and he prefers to give over being the one receiving. Cirion is not ashamed of his sexuality, but he won’t blurt it out to strangers. Despite his shy attitude around people, he can become quite dominant in bed. Sometimes it can be like he’s an entirely different person.
Good looks matters to him; BUT, personality counts more, no matter how good you look. The latest years, he’s found himself having a soft spot of manly men.. or manlier than himself that is. He doesn’t favor any race over another, but he’s had more experience with fellow mer.
He was orphaned by his parents, and taken in by a nord family from Whiterun. Aksel and Sigrund, the married couple who took him in, already had two sons when they found Cirion. The brothers, Bjorn and Gunnar, accepted him only after a few days, and treated Cirion like he was born into the family.
Years went by, and Cirion grew to become the awkwardly tall elf who were bullied by the other nords in town. Every now and then Gunnar would go punch in a few faces, standing up for his youngest brother. When Cirion turned 15, his mother said he could join the College in Winterhold. He spent several years there before he returned to Whiterun, and in those years he had become a talented fire mage.
When he returned, he was greeted welcome with open arms, and his brothers seemed rather surprised on how much he had learned in the past few years. Bjorn and Gunnar were the first to know of his sexual orientation, and they took it quite nicely. Asking a couple of nasty questions, but left it at that.