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Unfinished Tales / Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan

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Author:,J.R.R. Tolkien;

"Unfinished Tales"; Part III

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"These fragments to belong to the same period as "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields," when my father was greatly interested in the earlier history of Gondor and Rohan; they were doubtless intended to form parts of a substantial history, developing in detail the summary accounts given in Appendix A to The Lord of the Rings. The material is in the first stage of composition, very disordered, full of variants, breaking off into rapid jottings that are in part illegible." (Christopher Tolkien)

The story is, in most of its part, rather a historical account on the origin of the people of Rohan, their settlement in the lands of Middle-earth and about the establishment of the friendship between them and the Kingdom Gondor of the Numenoreans.

In the "Notes" to this work, Christopher Tolkien reminds that:

"2/ Such as the Book of the Kings. [Author's note.] – This work was referred to in the opening passage of Appendix A to The Lord of the Rings, as being (with The Book of the Stewards and the Akallabêth) among the records of Gondor that were opened to Frodo and Peregrin by King Elessar; but in the revised edition the reference was removed."

The Chronicle of Cirion and Eorl begins only with the first meeting of Cirion, Steward of Gondor, and Eorl, Lord of the Éothéod, after the Battle of the Field of Celebrant was over and he invaders of Gondor destroyed. But there were lays and legends of the great ride of the Rohirrim from the North both in Rohan and in Gondor, from which accounts that appear in later Chronicles, together with much other matter concerning the Éothéod, were taken. These are here drawn together briefly in chronicle form.

See also the essay: Oaths of Eorl and Cirion

Compendium pages: Eorl, Éothéod, Eomer,Rohan,

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