Did Shadowfax Leave Middle-earth with Gandalf at the End?
From: Erik Tracy
As to what happened to Shadowfax at the end of Lord of the Rings nothing is explicitly stated in the works, but we do have a Letter from Tolkien to a reader:
"I think Shadowfax certainly went with Gandalf[across the Sea], though this is not stated...I should argue so: Shadowfax came of a special race (II 126, 129, III346) being as it were an Elvish equivalent of ordinary horses: his 'blood' came from 'West over Sea'. It would not be unfitting for him to 'go West'. Gandalf was not 'dying', or going by a special grace to the Western Land, before passing on 'beyond the circles of the world': he was going home, being plainly one of the 'immortals', an angelic emissary of the angelic governors (Valar) of the Earth. He would take or could take what he loved. Gandalf was last seen riding Shadowfax (III 276).
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