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Reviewer: Himring Signed [Report This]
Date: February 03, 2016 - 02:27 pm
Title: Nahar

I enjoyed this one! Especially your analysis of the finding of the Elves and the end with Theoden.

I can't supply any other references for the ancestry of the Mearas. I can see, though, how some people might take the sentence you quote as saying that "the sire" of the Mearas mentioned was really Nahar, but that the Rohirrim didn't know or remember enough about it to call him by his proper name in their legends. And Tolkien might have intentionally wanted to leave that possibility open, without actually committing himself to it.


Author's Response:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I liked the parts you mentioned the best also (that's gratifying for a writer!).

I like both ideas that the horses of the Rohirrim and the Mearas in particular could have been at very least descendants of the horses that the Noldor brought to Middle-earth. The idea that Nahar might have a role in that would be are really entertaining concept as well. Perhaps some interbreeding with Nahar and the other Amanyaran horses result in the Mearas--who seem pretty magical. There used to be a lot of LotR fics which had a ton of fun comparing the horses of the Rohirrim to Elven horses, separating of those breeds from ordinary horses--not just well bred horses--but better than good--special.

I don't know if Tolkien left it open or just didn't care that much! I always kind of respected him less for taking kindly a correction submitted in a letter relating to the tack of Glorfindel's Asfaloth. I hate that kind of nitpicking. Jeez! Whichever! Back in the day there was a ton of fanon relating to Asfaloth as well. No basis in canon, but great fun.

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