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[[Image:Rob Alexander - Vale of Erech.jpg|thumb|250px|''Vale of Erech'' by [[Rob Alexander]].]]
 
[[Image:Rob Alexander - Vale of Erech.jpg|thumb|250px|''Vale of Erech'' by [[Rob Alexander]].]]
'''Erech''' was a city in [[Gondor]] situated in the far north of the province of [[Lamedon]].  The following is a quote from the [http://www.quicksilver899.com/Tolkien/Tolkien_Dictionary.html Tolkien Linguistic Dictionary]:
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'''Erech''' was a city in [[Gondor]] situated in the far north of the province of [[Lamedon]].  Its name, like so many names in Gondor, was of unknown pre-Númenórean origin.
 
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:'''Erech''' — ancient M; ''(hill of the) Pledge''; the name could well relate to '''ÓROK'''- ''goblin'', Danian [ancient Sylvan Elven tongue] ''urc'', pl. ''yrc'' [Etym], since the hill is said in ''The Return of the King'' to be overlain by the terror of the Sleepless Dead; it could also relate to '''ERÉK'''- thorn [Etym; in its 'Biblical' sense]; in his Letters, Tolkien implicates the Elvish root ER 'alone', although he says it is not the source of the name; the name could be a form of OE ''wær'' faith, pledge; reinforcing this last is the Old Norse name 'Erik' - honor of the king, also Early Irish ''árach'' 'bail, contract', since it was here the Men of Dunharrow ''pledged'' their aid to Isildur; interestingly, in Gaelic the word ''éirich'' means rise [hill];  another of the names of this area that had an Elvish sound, but were ancient ['pre-Númenórean'] Mannish; a hill in Lamedon.
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In the [[Second Age]], [[Isildur]] brought with him a three meter tall stone as a symbol of his lineage and Gondor. He set it on a hill in Erech. He 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 a three meter tall stone as a symbol of his lineage and Gondor. He set it on a hill in Erech. He 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]].  

Revision as of 14:43, 18 January 2008

Vale of Erech by Rob Alexander.

Erech was a city in Gondor situated in the far north of the province of Lamedon. Its name, like so many names in Gondor, was of unknown pre-Númenórean origin.

In the Second Age, Isildur brought with him a three meter tall stone as a symbol of his lineage and Gondor. He set it on a hill in Erech. He 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 city was completely abandoned by the end of the Third Age, when the heir of Isildur, Aragorn, came to Erech to hold the Dead to their oath again. This time 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.

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