Riders of the Riddermark

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Founding date
Late Third Age ((OOC: 5th April 2008.))
Goal
A peaceful and united Riddermark; free from tyranny, oppression and creatures of darkness.
Main area of operations
Eriador and Rohan
Kinship type
Man
Friends/Allies
Gondor, Rangers of the North.
Rivals/Enemies
Some Dunlending Clans.
Kinship status
Dormant (not recruiting)
Recruiting Officer(s)

Background

They are proud and willful, but they are true-hearted,

generous in thought and deed; bold but not cruel;

wise but unlearned, writing no books but singing many songs,

after the manner of the children of Men before the Dark Years.'

 

 

The First incarnation of the Riders of the Riddermark

Many years ago, Lord Ehris Tiubar, governor and headman of Belfa, led a small eored towards Eriador, as rumours of darkness and despair spread across Middle-Earth. The company eventually settled temporarily in the lands of Bree, where a mead hall was built and provided free lodgings for any Eorling who wished for a safe haven in the joyful friendship of landsmen and -women. There, in the midst of Breelanders and holbytlas, the company gathered many wayward Eorlings; ranging from exiled men and women facing forced marriages, to teenagers who had fled war and hunger together with their parents. Some of these wayward Eorlingas found their way with spear and shield, while others revelled in the local taverns, either as workers or visitors.

 

As the company grew in numbers throughout the long years from home, they kept the lands clean as much as they could, working closely together with many of the local settlements and factions. But dark tidings began to stir in the east, and rumours of war in Riddermark soon reached the ears of the eored. The wildmen of Dunland had grasped the borders with an iron fist and would let no one through their ranks, and especially not their sworn enemies since times long past, the Horselords of Riddermark. The eored searched desperately for a way home, and there were brave men and women who suggested a path over the mountains, or even beneath it. Several expeditions were conducted to seek a passage around the wildmen, but none bore the mark of success. A few of the kinsmen perished in the attempts, to the great despair of the wayward eorlingas who only wished to see the splendour of home again together with their kinsmen.

 

Things did indeed look grim. But not all hope was lost! As eorlingas came and went within the eored, new voices eventually spoke up and dared an attempt to break through the borders of the wildmen. Lord Ehris agreed, and the first great return was imminent. However, things did not go quite as expected. Fractures started to appear within the eored, as the driven people wanted different routes and approaches. Lord Ehris eventually made his way back to Riddermark and his town Belfa together with his eored, but a broken friendship loomed over the Lord’s mind and would not be eased until much later.

 

Some of the eorlingas had decided to stay in the Breelands, but the time came when they too wished to come home. A second great return was later led by the captains Auerdan and Ceobrand, who successfully brought the remaining people across the mountains and soon found themselves within the familiar lands of northern Riddermark. As the company had finally returned home, the people who had braved the long journey wished to find their families and homes they had left behind, and the company eventually spread to the four winds. Some are still clinging to each other, as the love and friendship they’ve found cannot be broken by darkness alone, or the strength of orcs no less.

 

Now they are caught in the middle of a great war, where orcs, easterlings and other dark creatures roam and plunder. The Riders – however dispersed - are working and fighting hard for their homes, so that all coming generations may share in the wealth of the Horselords, and forever ride free in the wide, green and grassy plains that is the Riddermark, just as Eorl the Young once did.

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? 
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing? 
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing? 
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing? 
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow; 
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow. 
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning, 
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

 

 

((2015 and onwards))

There has been an Éored of the Eorlingas stationed within Eriador for many years. It was previously led by the venerable Lord Ehris.

In the last year Lord Ehris stepped down from being Athelwigend of the Færende Éored. The leadership passed to an experienced captain of men, Auerdan son of Ledwulf.

Auerdan had already served under Prince Théodred,  Second Marshal of the Riddermark for some time. His experience came from leading riders near the fords of Isen and the West-March against those Dunlending tribes which were hostile to the Eorlingas as well as Orcs from the White Mountains.

With Auerdan now in command and the ranks of the Færende  Éored swelled with the new arrivals he set about building up the Éored into an experienced force worthy of leading back to The Mark. For there had been news of troubling developments to the south in the weeks after his assumption of command.

 

 

OOC Information: Riders of the Riddermark is one of the oldest Rohan-only kinship on the Laurelin server. Founded in the early months of 2008, the kinship has grown and changed many times, but the spirit of the Eorlingas lives on to this day. We take great pride in being a social, friendly and relaxed kinship where every Eorling heart can find a home, no matter what their preferences in gaming might be.

Our current RP storyline is based in Eriador, but will eventually lead us back into Rohan and further afield. A summary of this storyline as well as our movements will be added shortly.

Contact AuerdanKennia or Rhinath ingame or through a PM here on Laurelin Archives for more information about the kinship.

 

Resource list:

 RoR-Resource: History of the Éothéod. by Rhinath

RoR-Resource: History of the Eorlingas. by Rhinath

 

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