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The '''Blackroot Vale''', known as '''''Mornan''''' in [[Sindarin]],<ref>{{VT|42a}}, p. 14</ref> was a valley of rich grassland through which the River [[Morthond|Blackroot]] flowed.<ref name="Passing">{{RK|V2}}</ref> The river rose beneath the sheer mountainsides of the [[White Mountains]]' southern extent,<ref>{{RK|Map}}</ref> and in the shadowed rocks above its spring was the hidden gateway leading out from the [[Paths of the Dead]].<ref name="Passing"/>
  
The '''Blackroot Vale''', known as '''''Mornan''''' in [[Sindarin]],<ref>{{VT|42a}}, p. 14</ref> was a valley of rich grassland through which the River [[Morthond|Blackroot]] flowed. The river rose beneath the sheer mountainsides of the [[White Mountains]]' southern extent, and in the shadowed rocks above its spring was the hidden gateway leading out from the [[Paths of the Dead]].  
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The people of the vale were known in [[Gondor]] for their archery skills, and their lord [[Duinhir]] took a small company of his bowmen to the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]].<ref>{{RK|V1}}</ref> With them went [[Duinhir]]'s sons, [[Derufin]] and [[Duilin (son of Duinhir)|Duilin]], both of whom were lost in the defense of [[Minas Tirith]].<ref>{{RK|V6}}</ref>
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On [[8 March]] {{TA|3019}}, [[Aragorn]], [[Gimli]], [[Legolas]], and the [[Grey Company]] exited the Paths of the Dead at the source of the Morthond.<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref>  They rode to the [[Stone of Erech]] where Aragorn, as the heir of [[Isildur]], called upon the [[Oathbreakers]] to follow him and fulfill their pledge.<ref name="Passing"/>
  
The people of the vale were known in [[Gondor]] for their archery skills, and their lord [[Duinhir]] took a small company of his bowmen to the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]]. With them went [[Duinhir]]'s sons, [[Derufin]] and [[Duilin (son of Duinhir)|Duilin]], both of whom were lost in the defence of [[Minas Tirith]].
 
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
[[Carl F. Hostetter]] has suggested that the name ''Mornan'' consists of ''[[mor|mor-]]'' ("dark") + ''[[nan]]'' (valley).<ref>{{VT|42a}}, p. 29 (note 31)</ref>
 
[[Carl F. Hostetter]] has suggested that the name ''Mornan'' consists of ''[[mor|mor-]]'' ("dark") + ''[[nan]]'' (valley).<ref>{{VT|42a}}, p. 29 (note 31)</ref>

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Blackroot Vale
Physical Description
TypeValley
LocationSouthern Gondor, at the feet of the White Mountains.
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsGondorians
DescriptionGrassy upland valley inhabited by Men
General Information
Other namesMornan
EventsAragorn's ride to Erech

The Blackroot Vale, known as Mornan in Sindarin,[1] was a valley of rich grassland through which the River Blackroot flowed.[2] The river rose beneath the sheer mountainsides of the White Mountains' southern extent,[3] and in the shadowed rocks above its spring was the hidden gateway leading out from the Paths of the Dead.[2]

The people of the vale were known in Gondor for their archery skills, and their lord Duinhir took a small company of his bowmen to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[4] With them went Duinhir's sons, Derufin and Duilin, both of whom were lost in the defense of Minas Tirith.[5]

On 8 March T.A. 3019, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and the Grey Company exited the Paths of the Dead at the source of the Morthond.[6] They rode to the Stone of Erech where Aragorn, as the heir of Isildur, called upon the Oathbreakers to follow him and fulfill their pledge.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Carl F. Hostetter has suggested that the name Mornan consists of mor- ("dark") + nan (valley).[7]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 29 (note 31)