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'''Stybba''' was a [[Ponies|pony]] of [[Rohan]]. Described as shaggy and grey and suitable for mountain riding but slower than the horses of the Rohirrim.
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'''Stybba''' was a [[Ponies|pony]] of [[Rohan]]. He was shaggy and grey, and suitable for mountain riding but slower than the horses of the [[Rohirrim]].
 
==History==
 
==History==
When [[Aragorn]], [[Legolas]], and [[Gimli]] rode off [[Hornburg]] with the [[Grey Company]], King [[Théoden]] lent to [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]] Stybba.<ref>{{RK|V2}}</ref> Stybba carried Merry through the mountain passes from the [[Hornburg]] east and south to [[Dunharrow]] and thence northward to [[Edoras]].   
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When [[Aragorn]], [[Legolas]], and [[Gimli]] rode off to [[Hornburg]] with the [[Grey Company]], King [[Théoden]] lent Stybba to [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]].<ref>{{RK|V2}}</ref> Stybba carried Merry through the mountain passes from the [[Hornburg]] east and south to [[Dunharrow]] and thence northward to [[Edoras]].   
  
 
Stybba was too slow to accompany the mustered army of Rohan across the plains, and Théoden ordered Merry to stay at the Courts with Lady [[Éowyn]]. Thus Stybba was left behind but Merry did secretly complete the journey with a Rider named [[Dernhelm]] (who was in fact Éowyn in disguise).<ref>{{RK|V3}}</ref>
 
Stybba was too slow to accompany the mustered army of Rohan across the plains, and Théoden ordered Merry to stay at the Courts with Lady [[Éowyn]]. Thus Stybba was left behind but Merry did secretly complete the journey with a Rider named [[Dernhelm]] (who was in fact Éowyn in disguise).<ref>{{RK|V3}}</ref>

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Stybba
Pony
Biographical Information
LocationRohan
AffiliationMeriadoc Brandybuck
Physical Description
RacePony
GenderMale

Stybba was a pony of Rohan. He was shaggy and grey, and suitable for mountain riding but slower than the horses of the Rohirrim.

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[edit] History

When Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli rode off to Hornburg with the Grey Company, King Théoden lent Stybba to Meriadoc Brandybuck.[1] Stybba carried Merry through the mountain passes from the Hornburg east and south to Dunharrow and thence northward to Edoras.

Stybba was too slow to accompany the mustered army of Rohan across the plains, and Théoden ordered Merry to stay at the Courts with Lady Éowyn. Thus Stybba was left behind but Merry did secretly complete the journey with a Rider named Dernhelm (who was in fact Éowyn in disguise).[2]

[edit] Etymology

Stybba is Old English for "stubby".[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Merry is indeed shown riding a small pony while traveling with the Rohirrim from Edoras to Dunharrow. Though this pony is not identified as Stybba, it is obviously a reference to Stybba.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  3. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names" - Other Names of Rohan, p. 219