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The '''Morthond''', also called '''''Blackroot''''', was counted as second of the [[Rivers of Gondor|Seven Rivers of Gondor]].
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It began on the southern edges of the [[Dwimorberg]] at the end of the [[Paths of the Dead]] in the [[White Mountains]], then flowing past the ancient fortress of [[Erech]], it went on its long journey south, avoiding the Green Hills of the [[Pinnath Gelin]] while picking up its tributary [[Calenhir]], and entering the sea at [[Edhellond]].
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[[Aragorn]] and the [[Grey Company]] emerged from the [[Paths of the Dead]] in Morthond's vale and followed the river briefly to Erech on their way to southern [[Gondor]].
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The '''Morthond''' ([[Sindarin|S.]] "Black root") was one of the seven rivers of [[Gondor]]. It arose in the [[White Mountains]] in a narrow valley that led to the southern entrance of the [[Paths of the Dead]].<ref name="Passing">{{RK|V2}}</ref> The river flowed southwest for half its length and then turned southeast before joining the [[Ringló]]<ref>{{UT|Map}}</ref> near [[Cobas Haven]].<ref name="West">{{WR|3|XIV}}, West, p. 434</ref>
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==History==
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Near the confluence of the Morthond and the Ringló was the ancient Elf-haven of [[Edhellond]].  This refuge had been founded at the beginning of the [[Second Age]] by a remnant of [[Elves]] from [[Doriath]].<ref>{{UT|Galadriel}}, ''Amroth and Nimrodel''</ref>
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At the time of the [[War of the Ring]] the lord of the [[Blackroot Vale]] was [[Duinhir]]. He and his two sons, [[Duilin (son of Duinhir)|Duilin]] and [[Derufin]], marched to [[Minas Tirith]] with five hundred bowmen to aid in the city's defense.<ref>{{RK|V1}}</ref> On [[8 March]] {{TA|3019}} [[Aragorn]], [[Gimli]], [[Legolas]], the [[Grey Company]], and the [[Oathbreakers|Army of the Dead]] exited from the Paths of the Dead alongside the Morthond.<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref>  They followed the young river before crossing a bridge on their way to the [[Stone of Erech]].<ref name="Passing"/>
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==Etymology==
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''Morthond'' is a [[Sindarin]] name meaning "black-root".<ref>{{UT|Index}}, ''Morthond''</ref>  The first element ''mor'' means "dark" or "black".<ref>{{S|Appendix}}, ''mor''</ref>  The second element ''thond'' means "root".<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 96</ref>
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==Other Versions of theLegendarium==
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The course and placement of the Morthond changed greatly during the writing of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.  In the First Map of [[Middle-earth]] the Morthond was separate from and far west of the Ringló (with [[Dol Amroth]] far to the west of the Morthond).<ref>{{TI|MIII}}</ref> When [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] developed Outline VI for Book V in ''[[The Return of the King]]'' he drew a map with the Morthond east of the Ringló and the Morthond joined the [[Anduin]] near its mouth.<ref>{{WR|3|II}}</ref>  When Tolkien made the detailed Second Map there were four rivers – [[Calenhir]], Morthond, Kiril, and Ringló – that flowed independently until they all combined just before exiting into Cobas Haven.<ref name="West"/>
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Revision as of 14:16, 3 October 2013

Morthond
Physical Description
TypeRiver
LocationIn Anfalas in Gondor, south of the White Mountains
RealmsGondor
InhabitantsElves, Gondorians
General Information
Other namesBlackroot
EventsAragorn's ride toErech

The Morthond (S. "Black root") was one of the seven rivers of Gondor. It arose in the White Mountains in a narrow valley that led to the southern entrance of the Paths of the Dead.[1] The river flowed southwest for half its length and then turned southeast before joining the Ringló[2] near Cobas Haven.[3]

History

Near the confluence of the Morthond and the Ringló was the ancient Elf-haven of Edhellond. This refuge had been founded at the beginning of the Second Age by a remnant of Elves from Doriath.[4]

At the time of the War of the Ring the lord of the Blackroot Vale was Duinhir. He and his two sons, Duilin and Derufin, marched to Minas Tirith with five hundred bowmen to aid in the city's defense.[5] On 8 March T.A. 3019 Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, the Grey Company, and the Army of the Dead exited from the Paths of the Dead alongside the Morthond.[6] They followed the young river before crossing a bridge on their way to the Stone of Erech.[1]

Etymology

Morthond is a Sindarin name meaning "black-root".[7] The first element mor means "dark" or "black".[8] The second element thond means "root".[9]

Other Versions of theLegendarium

The course and placement of the Morthond changed greatly during the writing of The Lord of the Rings. In the First Map of Middle-earth the Morthond was separate from and far west of the Ringló (with Dol Amroth far to the west of the Morthond).[10] When J.R.R. Tolkien developed Outline VI for Book V in The Return of the King he drew a map with the Morthond east of the Ringló and the Morthond joined the Anduin near its mouth.[11] When Tolkien made the detailed Second Map there were four rivers – Calenhir, Morthond, Kiril, and Ringló – that flowed independently until they all combined just before exiting into Cobas Haven.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "The Second Map", West, p. 434
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", Amroth and Nimrodel
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, Morthond
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", mor
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 96
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Maps IIIA and III"
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "Book Five Begun and Abandoned"