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Tales Told in Rohan

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‘In a hole in the ground there lived a holbytla’, began Theodwyn, her children snuggled up against her.

‘What are holbytlan, mother?’ asked Eomer.

‘They’re small folk that dwell in holes in sand-dunes, just as the name says. They avoid men, usually. They can vanish in a twinkling and change their voice to resemble the piping of birds.’

Eowyn clapped her hands, eyes shining.

‘How can I find them, mother?’

‘They’re just a story’, said Eomer, with brotherly superiority.

‘No, they aren’t! Are they, mother? I believe in them!’ said Eowyn. ‘One day I’ll speak to one, Eomer, you’ll see!’