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November, 12 2005
OK, folks-this is the general forum now for questions that don't seem to fit in any of the other threads. I'm going to sort some of the earlier posts into the appropriate forums, but it might take a while, so bear with me. I'll delete the ones that have already been reposted by their authors.
Denise wrote: This is sort of an offshoot of Nargil's earlier question about Caerith and Dol Amroth horses in general. Do the Elven horses descend from ones brought over by the Elves from Valinor? Are they immortal or merely long-lived? Are they related to the mearas in any way? And does Arwen's Elven horse stay in Minas Tirith? Don't know why the last one comes to mind, except that they are so extraordinarily intelligent; and while rereading DAY and thinking on Isabeau's comments about Gull, I started thinking that Arwen's horse might get pretty lonely being stuck among nothing but lesser, mortal horses.
That's a good question. My feeling about it is that they're not immortal, but that they are long-lived. I believe I read somewhere that the mearas lived as long as Men-it would be nice for the Elves to have horses that lived at least that long, otherwise they would be continually (to them)breaking and training mounts. I definitely think that, like the mearas, they are extremely intelligent, and probably understand speech, even if they don't talk like Felarof supposedly did.
As for Arwen's horse, I have no idea. Though it wouldn't be totally lonely, as long as her brothers visited from time to time.
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