Equus: 2. Notes

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2. Notes

I am fully aware that normally Elves do not encounter such problems in handling animals as I have described here, at least not in Tolkien's descriptions. There are some justifications though. This particular horse does not understand, or does not want to understand, Elvish. And then Elvish does not help. I imagine that Elves in such a situation would not have any particular advantage and possible a disadvantage since they are not used to opposition in this. Mostly opposition is very hard to handle for those that are not used to it. This horse is not a good beast, but a horse used in the service of Mordor.

If it troubles you deeply, feel free to send me a message and I will be happy to discuss the issue. Or just consider it a small AU- element for the sake of the plot.

What Éomer is doing is called a join-up as described in Monty Roberts' book "From my hands to yours". In demonstrations Monty Roberts uses about half an hour to get an un-broken horse to accept tack and rider for the first time. The new name of the story is also taken from Monty Robert's aforementioned book where he names the "language" with which he talks to the horses "Equus". So Éomer is basically speaking Equus throughout most of the chapter. The earlier name (The revenge of Éomer), came from the reason I wrote the story in the first place, as explained below.

And lastly, the main reason I wrote this. It is partly written in protest against the portrayal in Peter Jackson's movies, especially the scenes in the extended version of "The Two Towers" where the Horselords (mark the name) seemingly do not know anything about horses. Firstly they don't know how to calm a frightened horse – it takes an Elvish-speaking Aragorn to do the trick – and secondly they do not even know basic horse-care or even have common sense – they set free a horse without bothering to take of the halter or lead-rope! You never let a horse loose – even in a paddock – with a lead-rope still on. It can get caught in something or the horse can step on it and injure itself. Even leaving just the halter gives a slightly higher risk of injury. This is basic!

I do not have anything against Aragorn (he is, in fact, my hero) but I found the whole thing unbelievable. And sympathising more strongly with the Eorlingas than any other people, I found myself feeling deeply insulted on their behalf. This story is the result.

Notes on words and language:

I followed Tolkien in using OE for the language of the Mark, but do not have anything resembling his mastery of the language, so if more knowing people find any mistakes, I will be very grateful if you point them out to me.


Lia (Lialathuveril) betaed and helped me making this better, all remaining mistakes or short-commings are my own.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Ragnelle

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/17/12

Original Post: 06/17/12

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Freyalyn - 03 Jul 12 - 2:04 AM

Ch. 2: Notes

There are many things wrong with PJ's movies, and like you, I think the way his Rohirrim are clueless around horses is one of the worst.  This is an imaginative way of looking at it - thank you.


Aiwendiel - 05 Jul 12 - 4:55 PM

Ch. 2: Notes

I tend to anthropomorphize my animal characters (which has it's own delights) but your horse -- and expert horse lord-- are totally believable and very enjoyable to read about. Great work!

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