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Earthdate 2004-01-05

“Horsey” Vikings II — exploring origin of the “Rohirrim” in The Lord of the Rings

Mounted Norman Knight, armed with chainmail, helmet, shield, and lance; from the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman conquest of England in the year 1066

Stephen Bainbridge at Professor Bainbridge.com responded to Impearls' earlier piece on the Sarmatians (permalink) with a rebuttal, “Were the Rohirrim Sarmatians?  No.”

I'm a bit bemused by Prof. Bainbridge's reply, because as Impearls' earlier article tried to make clear, it was Peter Jackson's version of The Lord of the Rings (and the filmmakers' declared grafting together of the memorable Vikings from history with their need for a horse-oriented culture to populate the land of Rohan) to which it was responding.  (It's way too many years ago that I read Tolkien for me to feel comfortable replying thus to the original books.)  Bainbridge, on the contrary, explicitly talks about Tolkien's version of Middle Earth, from which obviously the Jacksonian films have somewhat diverged.  This makes the comparison a bit apples and oranges.

Impearls will rise to the occasion nonetheless!  See below for various parts of the discussion, including consideration of candidate peoples.



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(Perma)  On Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 2:03:00 PM GMT, Blogger Angantyr King of The Goths wrote:   
The Rohirrim of the film are based on Old English warriors (likely due to the fact that Rohan/Rohirric is represented by Old English), but in the novels they are really based on the Goths, specifically those in Hervarasaga. Éowyn is almost exactly like Hervor.

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