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LocationEastern Rohan, between the Snowbourn and the Mering Stream

Eastfold was a part of the realm of Rohan. Laying between the White Mountains and Entwash, its eastern boundary was the Mering Stream and its boundary westward was roughly a line South-west from the junction of the Snowbourn and Entwash to the mountains[1].

The whole area was traversed by the Great West Road parallel to the Mountain range. Locations of the Eastfold included the Folde to the west, with the capital city of Edoras nearby, and the Fenmark, being the south-eastern borders of Rohan. To the east laid Anórien of Gondor.[2]

A similar name, the East Dales, are mentioned when it is told how the Rohirrim who had fallen in the Battle of the Hornburg were buried in two mounds; "those of the Westfold in one and those from the East Dales in another."[3] It has been suggested that the name is obviously a synonym for Eastfold.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), "Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings", published in A Tolkien Compass (edited by Jared Lobdell)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Road to Isengard"
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pg. 419