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'''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]].
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'''Dunharrow''' was a refuge of the [[Rohirrim]] hidden in the [[White Mountains]] and fortified against attack.  
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==History==
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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.
 
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.
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== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==
  
Tolkien made ''Dunharrow'' the modern form of [[Rohirric]] ([[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".<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Wayne G. Hammond]], [[Christina Scull]] (eds.), "[[Nomenclature|Nomenclature of the Lord of the Rings]]", published in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', pages 750-781</ref>  
 
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== References ==
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*<span id="Foot1"><sup>1</sup>[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien, J.R.R.]]: [[Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings]]</span>
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Revision as of 14:50, 11 October 2009

Dunharrow was a refuge of the Rohirrim hidden in the White Mountains and fortified against attack.

History

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]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull (eds.), "Nomenclature of the Lord of the Rings", published in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pages 750-781