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Edoras

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Edoras
Physical Description
TypeCity
LocationWhite Mountains
RealmsRohan
InhabitantsRohirrim
Descriptionbuilt on a hill, with Meduseld on its top
General Information
ReferencesThe Lord of the Rings

Edoras was the capital of Rohan.

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History

Rohan's first capital was at Aldburg in the Folde, until King Eorl the Young and/or his son Brego built Edoras. It was Rohan's only real city, and held the Golden Hall of Meduseld.

Wulf son of Freca the Dunlending, invaded Rohan in 2758 and took Edoras usurping the throne in Meduseld. But the Long Winter, which had lasted five long months, ended and Fréaláf son of Hild came out of Dunharrow and with a small band of men, surprising Wulf, he attacked Edoras and slew Wulf, regaining the city.

It was here that Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and Gandalf the White met with Théoden.

Geography

The city was built on a hill in a valley of the White Mountains. The valley was Harrowdale, which lay under the great mountain Starkhorn. The river Snowbourn flowed past Edoras on its way west towards the Entwash.

Edoras was encircled by a wall, and a dike dug around the hill. It had a spring whose water flowed in a channel along the main road.

Outside, there was the Barrowfield, with the tombs of the Rulers of Rohan arrayed in two lines. Simbelmyne grew there. A rutted road led from the city past Snowbourn.

Etymology

In Old English, eodoras means "hedges, dwellings, houses"

Portrayal in Adaptations

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, Edoras was built on Mount Sunday