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When J. R. R. Tolkien was writing his best-known work, The Lord of the Rings, between 1937 and 1949, he drew inspiration from various sources, with the largest well of inspiration being European folklore. However, according to some sources, he would also use real-life historical figures and base his characters on them. Take Theoden, for example. Theoden was an aging king of Rohan who, after Gandalf the wizard helped him strip the yoke of Grima Wormtongue, rode into battle and died being crushed by his horse
The men picked him up and carried him into battle nonetheless, singing praises to him and shedding tears. Scholars claim that Tolkien based Theoden on a real-life king who also died by being trampled by his troops’ horses but who was known for his bravery and who dealt a mighty defeat to a superior foe in the process.
That king was Theodoric I, the battle was at the Catalaunian Plains, and the king himself was a Goth.
In The Goths: A Captivating Guide to the Visigoths and Ostrogoths Who Sacked Rome and Played an Essential Role in the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, you will discover topics such asWho Were the Goths? Names, Origins, and Early SettlementsHistory of the Goths: Relations with Romans, Gothic KingdomsOstrogothic and Visigothic RulersThe Culture of Goths: Religion, Customs, Social HierarchyEveryday Life of Goths: Jobs and Division of Labor, Housing and Architecture, Art, Written WorksAnd much, much more!
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