Tolkien Gateway

Rath Dínen

Revision as of 05:47, 3 September 2012 by Gamling (Talk | contribs)

Rath Dínen was the street through the Hallows of Minas Tirith, where the great of Gondor, Kings and Stewards alike, were laid after death. It was accessed through the gate of Fen Hollen in the rear wall of the sixth level of the city.[1]

The Street was lined with images of those who lay there. The Stewards had a House apart from the tombs of the Kings, the House of the Stewards, where Denethor perished in T.A. 3019.[2]

When the seedling of the White Tree was found on the slopes of Mindolluin by Gandalf, the Dead Tree that had stood in the courts of Minas Tirith was laid in Rath Dínen.[3]

After Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took died of old age in Gondor they were laid to rest in Rath Dínen.[4]

In Fo.A. 120[4] when King Elessar felt the oncoming of death he went to Rath Dínen and laid himself down in the House of the Kings. It was there that he bade farewell to Arwen.[5]

Etymoloy

Rath Dínen is a Sindarin name meaning the "Silent Street", consisting of rath ("street (in a city)") + tínen ("silent").[6][7]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Pyre of Denethor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 551
  7. 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. 98