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The Andrath was a defile between the Barrow-downs (to the west) and the South Downs (to the east) in Eriador. Through this narrow way just south of Bree passed the North-South Road (Greenway).[1]


When the Black Riders came up the Greenway in search of the One Ring the Black Captain established a camp at Andrath. From there he sent some Riders out to patrol while he visited the Barrow-downs.[2]


The Sindarin word Andrath was composed of the elements “and” + “rath”. And means “long”, from the root ÁNAD.[3] Rath means “street” in a number of examples (Rath Dínen, Rath Celerdain), but in the index of the Unfinished Tales it is defined as “climb”.[1] Its root is RAT-, meaning “walk”.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"