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Shadowfax (meaning 'grey-hair') is a fictional horse in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth. Shadowfax is a mighty horse of Rohan, the chief of the Mearas, tamed by Gandalf and reluctantly granted as a gift to him (after Gandalf had borrowed him for some time) by King Théoden of the Rohirrim. No Man could tame Shadowfax. He would not tolerate a bridle or saddle, and only carried Gandalf by choice. The great horse also bore a hobbit, Pippin, for a short time during the War of the Ring.


Like the other Mearas, Shadowfax was a grey/silver stallion, and could understand the speech of Men. He was also seemingly fearless, and could run faster than any other horse in Middle-Earth.


Shadowfax is thought to have passed West over the Sea with his master but this is unclear in the works of Tolkien.



Horses of Middle-earth
Arod | Asfaloth | Bill the Pony | Fatty Lumpkin | Felaróf | Firefoot | Hasufel | Nahar | Rochallor | Roheryn | Shadowfax | Snowmane | Stybba | Windfola

Mearas


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