The Rohirrim were men who inhabited the Rohan region, a race of tall and blonde warriors with fair faces, the first ally of Gondor during the war of the Ring. They remember me a lot the norman knights of the medieval europe, even if every parallel between the Middle Earth and the medieval period in europe is rash in my opinion. This was a study for an illustration of a patrol of three Rohirrim slowly advancing over the moors of Rohan searching for the orcs of Saruman, the Uruk-hay. Tolkien describes them: '... their horses were of great stature, strong and clean-limbed: their grey coats glistened, their long tails flowed in the wind, their manes were braided on their proud necks. The men rode them matched them well: tall and long limbed; their hair, flaxen pale, flowed under their light helms, and screamed in long braids behind them; their faces were stern and keen. In their hands were tall spears of ash, painted shields were slung at their backs, long swords were at their belts, their burnished skirts of mail hung down upon their knees...'