When Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli rode off to Hornburg with the Grey Company, King Théoden lent Stybba to Meriadoc Brandybuck. 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).
Portrayal in adaptations
- 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.