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The name ''Pelennor'' translates to "fenced, encircled land" in [[Sindarin]],<ref name="lotrindex">{{RK|Index}}</ref><ref name=RC>{{HM|RC}}, p. 512 (citing from the [[Unfinished index]])</ref><ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 95</ref> apparently consisting of ''pel-'' ("go round, revolve") + ''end'' (from ''enedh'' "middle")' + ''[[dôr|(n-)dor]]'' ("land, dwelling").<ref>[http://www.tolkiendil.com/langues/english/i-lam_arth/compound_sindarin_names#p Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth] at [http://www.tolkiendil.com/ Tolkiendil.com] (accessed 27 June 2011)</ref> The field was called by several other names as well, such as ''Fields of Pelennor'', ''the Pelennor'', and ''the townlands''.<ref name=RC/>
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The name ''Pelennor'' translates to "fenced, encircled land" in [[Sindarin]].<ref name="lotrindex">{{RK|Index}}</ref><ref name=RC>{{HM|RC}}, p. 512 (citing from the [[Unfinished index]])</ref><ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 95</ref> [[Christopher Tolkien]] has noted that the first element derives from the [[Elvish]] root/element ''[[PEL|pel-]]'' ("go round, encircle");<ref>{{S|Appendix}}</ref> the other elements appear to be ''end'' (from ''enedh'' "middle")' + ''[[dôr|(n-)dor]]'' ("land, dwelling").<ref>[http://www.tolkiendil.com/langues/english/i-lam_arth/compound_sindarin_names#p Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth] at [http://www.tolkiendil.com/ Tolkiendil.com] (accessed 27 June 2011)</ref> The field was called by several other names as well, such as ''Fields of Pelennor'', ''the Pelennor'', and ''the townlands''.<ref name=RC/>
  
 
The laws of Sindarin syllable stress dictate that the second syllable of ''Pelennor'' is stressed.  Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for readers of Tolkien to stress the first syllable.{{or}}
 
The laws of Sindarin syllable stress dictate that the second syllable of ''Pelennor'' is stressed.  Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for readers of Tolkien to stress the first syllable.{{or}}
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* ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names]]
 
 
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The Pelennor Fields (S, pron. [peˈlenːor]) were the townlands and fields of Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor.

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Description

They Pelennor Fields lay just outside the city of Minas Tirith, on the west bank of the river Anduin. The land ran down toward the river in slopes and terraces. The City of Minas Tirith was located on the southwestern corner of the fields, at the foot of Mount Mindolluin. After Minas Ithil had fallen and been renamed Minas Morgul, the Pelennor Fields were walled by the great wall of Rammas Echor, to prevent an invasion.

A road ran northeast across the Pelennor Fields to the Causeway Forts on the river bank; a distance of 12 miles. The North-way led from the City through the fields to the Forannest, or north-gate, before turning westward to become the Great West Road to Rohan. The South Road came from the southern provinces of Gondor and passed through the Pelennor Fields on the way to Minas Tirith. A number of other paths also criss-crossed the fields.

The Pelennor Fields were home to farmers and herdsmen who had barns, pens, livestock, granaries, and kilns for drying hops and malt which were located on the Pelennor. The fields were fertile farmland, with tilled fields, orchards, and small brooks flowing down to the Anduin.

History

Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Main article: Battle of the Pelennor Fields

During the War of the Ring, the Pelennor Fields were the location of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, when Sauron's Orcs and evil Men overran the Rammas Echor and besieged the city. The people and livestock had been evacuated before the invasion but the homes and trees were burned. Trenches were carved through the fields and filled with fire. It was on these fields that Théoden King was slain, and that most of the great battle was fought.

After the Battle

After the battle, the grass began to grow back on the fields, Snowmane's Howe, where Theoden's horse was buried, grew especially green. The location at which the Lord of the Nazgûl and his Fell beast had been killed was stained black and no grass grew from the scorched earth.

On May 1st T.A. 3019 the coronation of King Elessar took place and those of Gondor and Rohan gathered on the Pelennor Fields to witness the event.

Etymology

The name Pelennor translates to "fenced, encircled land" in Sindarin.[1][2][3] Christopher Tolkien has noted that the first element derives from the Elvish root/element pel- ("go round, encircle");[4] the other elements appear to be end (from enedh "middle")' + (n-)dor ("land, dwelling").[5] The field was called by several other names as well, such as Fields of Pelennor, the Pelennor, and the townlands.[2]

The laws of Sindarin syllable stress dictate that the second syllable of Pelennor is stressed. Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for readers of Tolkien to stress the first syllable.Template:Or

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Index"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 512 (citing from the Unfinished index)
  3. 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. 95
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  5. Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth at Tolkiendil.com (accessed 27 June 2011)