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'''Erech''' was a hill in [[Gondor]] situated in the far north of the province of [[Lamedon]].<ref>{{RK|Map}}</ref>  It lay near to the southern entrance to the [[Paths of the Dead]].  Upon the summit stood a smooth black globe as tall as a man yet half buried in earth.<ref name="Grey">{{RK|V2}}</ref>
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'''Erech''' was a hill in [[Gondor]] situated in the far north of the province of [[Lamedon]] at the mouth of the [[Blackroot Vale]], far to the west of [[Minas Tirith]].<ref>{{RK|Map}}</ref>  It lay near to the southern entrance to the [[Paths of the Dead]].  Upon the summit stood a smooth black globe, the [[Stone of Erech]].
 
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==History==
 
==History==
 
In the [[Second Age]], [[Isildur]] brought with him the stone as a symbol of his lineage and Gondor. He set it upon the hill of Erech and made the local hill tribes swear an oath of loyalty on the stone. The hill tribes later broke their oath and were doomed to haunt the place as the [[Dead Men]].  
 
In the [[Second Age]], [[Isildur]] brought with him the stone as a symbol of his lineage and Gondor. He set it upon the hill of Erech and made the local hill tribes swear an oath of loyalty on the stone. The hill tribes later broke their oath and were doomed to haunt the place as the [[Dead Men]].  
 
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In the time of King [[Arvedui]] of [[Arthedain]] a prophesy was made regarding the arising of the dead during the [[War of the Ring]]. In this prophesy the Stone of Erech was mentioned:
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The area was completely abandoned by the end of the [[Third Age]]. On [[8 March]] {{TA|3019}},<ref name="Great">{{App|Great}}</ref> at midnight, the heir of Isildur, [[Aragorn]], came to Erech to hold the Dead to their oath again, promising that upon its fulfillment they would have peace.<ref name="Grey">{{RK|V2}}</ref>  On [[13 March]]<ref name="Great"/> they held true to their oath and formed the Host of the Dead to help Aragorn defeat the [[Corsairs of Umbar]] at [[Pelargir]].  After the battle at Pelargir, Aragorn released them from their oath and they were allowed to rest.<ref>{{RK|V9}}</ref>
{{quote|The Dead awaken; for the hour is come for the oathbreakers: at the Stone of Erech they shall stand again and hear there a horn in the hills ringing.|[[Malbeth]] the Seer}}
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When the [[Grey Company]] came to [[Rohan]] the sons of [[Elrond]] brought with them a reminder of these words from their father to [[Aragorn]], who acted upon these words to brave the Paths of the Dead.<ref name="Grey"/>
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The area was completely abandoned by the end of the [[Third Age]]. On [[8 March]] {{TA|3019}},<ref name="Great">{{App|Great}}</ref> at midnight, the heir of Isildur, Aragorn, came to Erech to hold the Dead to their oath again, promising that upon its fulfillment they would have peace.<ref name="Grey"/>  On [[13 March]]<ref name="Great"/> they held true to their oath and formed the Host of the Dead to help Aragorn defeat the [[Corsairs of Umbar]] at [[Pelargir]].  After the battle at Pelargir, Aragorn released them from their oath and they were allowed to rest.<ref>{{RK|V9}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==

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Rob Alexander - Vale of Erech.jpg
Erech
Physical Description
TypeHill
LocationNorthern Lamedon, south of the White Mountains and Edoras
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsOriginally Men, later abandoned
DescriptionHill capped by a great black stone
General Information
EtymologyUnknown, of Mannish pre-Númenórean

Erech was a hill in Gondor situated in the far north of the province of Lamedon at the mouth of the Blackroot Vale, far to the west of Minas Tirith.[1] It lay near to the southern entrance to the Paths of the Dead. Upon the summit stood a smooth black globe, the Stone of Erech.

[edit] History

In the Second Age, Isildur brought with him the stone as a symbol of his lineage and Gondor. He set it upon the hill of Erech and made the local hill tribes swear an oath of loyalty on the stone. The hill tribes later broke their oath and were doomed to haunt the place as the Dead Men.

The area was completely abandoned by the end of the Third Age. On 8 March T.A. 3019,[2] at midnight, the heir of Isildur, Aragorn, came to Erech to hold the Dead to their oath again, promising that upon its fulfillment they would have peace.[3] On 13 March[2] they held true to their oath and formed the Host of the Dead to help Aragorn defeat the Corsairs of Umbar at Pelargir. After the battle at Pelargir, Aragorn released them from their oath and they were allowed to rest.[4]

[edit] Etymology

The name Erech, like so many names in Gondor, was of unknown Mannish pre-Númenórean origin.[5]

[edit] See Also

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"