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Dunharrow

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== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==
  
Tolkien made ''Dunharrow'' the modern form of Rohan (Old English) ''Dūnhaerg'', meaning "the heathen fane on the hillside".<sup>[[#Foot1|1]]</sup>
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Tolkien made ''Dunharrow'' the modern form of [[Rohirric]] (Old English) ''Dūnhaerg'', meaning "the heathen fane on the hillside".<sup>[[#Foot1|1]]</sup>
  
  

Revision as of 14:26, 11 October 2009

Dunharrow was a refuge of the Rohirrim hidden in the White Mountains and fortified against attack. Dunharrow had been used as a refuge by the Middle Men of the White Mountains during the Second Age — nearly three mellennia before the establishment of the Kingdom of Rohan.

Dunharrow was a clifftop overlooking Harrowdale, the valley of the river Snowbourn. In order to reach the refuge, a winding path had to be used, known as the Stair of the Hold. This path was lined with statues known as the Púkel-men — statues originally carved by the Men of the White Mountains, in the likeness of the Drúedain. After the stair was the "Firienfeld", a large grassy area for the encampment of soldiers and refuge-seekers.

Large carved stones marked the entrance to the Dimholt, a natural amphitheater, which led into the Paths of the Dead.

Etymology

Tolkien made Dunharrow the modern form of Rohirric (Old English) Dūnhaerg, meaning "the heathen fane on the hillside".1


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