I love the pictures and cannot wait to see what other ones people find. One of the reasons I've always loved Rohan is its close affinity with the Anglo-Saxons. Tolkien once said of Beowulf in his lecture to the British Academy in 1936 that
When new Beowulf was already antiquarian, in a good sense, and it now produces a singular effect. For it is now to us itself ancient; and yet its maker was telling of things already old and weighted with regret, and he expended his art in making keen that touch upon the heart which sorrows have that are both poignant and remote. If the funeral of Beowulf moved once like the echo of an ancient dirge, far-off and hopeless, it is to us as a memory brought over the hills, an echo of an echo... it is in fact written in a language that after many centuries has still essential kinship with our own, it was made in this land, and moves in our northern world beneath our northern sky, and for those who are native to that tongue and land, it must ever call with a profound appeal—until the dragon comes....
What he said of Beowulf and the Saxons is true of Rohan as well. They are fir me the reason that I love the Two Towers, the book. Aragorn's poem "Where now the horse and the Rider?..."almost comes right out of the Wanderer. So much so that even though the word in the Wanderer, mago, means "young man" you cannot help but read it as rider. Theoden's speech before Minas Tirith echos in many ways Brythwold's speech at Maldon. Both have this... fey quality to them. A rhythm and a sense of fate pulling them onward. And of course who can forget the events just before that?
And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the City, a #### crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn. And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin’s sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.
I do not remember how many times I have read that over the years. But each time I get there in the book and it pulls me in. And the parting between Merry and Theoden moves today as strong as it ever had. I may not have liked everything Jackson did with the movies but in other ways he did well.