The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Shadowfax Character Analysis

Shadowfax is the horse Théoden gives to Gandalf after the Rohirrim are unable to tame him. His speed is unmatched by any other horse, and he is treated with great respect by Gandalf, who ensures that the stable in Minas Tirith is fit for his needs. Shadowfax bears Gandalf into battle several times, appearing like a streak of white beneath the shadow overhead.

Shadowfax Quotes in The Return of the King

The The Return of the King quotes below are all either spoken by Shadowfax or refer to Shadowfax. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
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Book 5, Chapter 1  Quotes

“But I will say this: the rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know?”

Related Characters: Gandalf (speaker), Denethor, Shadowfax, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Frodo Baggins
Page Number: 16
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Shadowfax Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Shadowfax appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5, Chapter 1 
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Pippin wakes up to find himself wrapped in Gandalf’s cloak on the back of Shadowfax, a swift white horse. He asks Gandalf where they are, and Gandalf replies that they... (full context)
Expectation vs. Ability Theme Icon
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...exclaims that he is neither a Man, nor valiant. The guards let Gandalf, Pippin, and Shadowfax through the gate. As they pass through, Gandalf warns the men that they are too... (full context)
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
Gandalf, Pippin, and Shadowfax enter Gondor, and after a few more hours of riding, they come to Minas Tirith,... (full context)
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
Gandalf, Pippin, and Shadowfax reach the final level of the city, which houses the Citadel. Shadowfax is led away,... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...He leaves the lodging, urging Pippin to sharpen his blade and requesting that he visit Shadowfax to ensure his comfort. Pippin goes outside to look around the street. A man called... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 4
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
...knights of Dol Amroth emerge from Minas Tirith to come to Faramir’s aid, along with Shadowfax bearing Gandalf, who once more sends a beam of light from his hand. The enemy... (full context)