Keep up with the latest updates and events, as well as enjoy essays and Elvish poems.
Rohirrim’s Naming Traditions
The Rohirrim will name each other after each other.
They rarely have more than one name. (I have a hypothesis that names were given after the person was a few years old: like Éowyn – Horse Joy. Éowyn probably was a tomboy when she was a little girl, and probably loved to ride on horses like her brother. Thus her name.)
They have no family names.
Their names are always made of Westron, substituted by Old English/Anglo Saxon. Tolkien used Old English instead of Westron most of the time, so we can get away with it. Also, we know of so few words in Westron that we can’t properly make names from it. (41 PME)
The children’s names are constructed to sound like their parents’ names. A girl’s name will have some sort of common sound with her mother’s, and a boy’s name will have some sort of common sound with his father’s. Also, siblings often have similar sounding names. For example: Thengel→Théoden→Théodred and Morwen→Théodwyn→Éowyn. Théoden and Théodwyn are brother and sister.
To provide the best experiences, we use technologies like cookies to store and/or access device information. Consenting to these technologies will allow us to process data such as browsing behavior or unique IDs on this site. Not consenting or withdrawing consent, may adversely affect certain features and functions.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.