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The '''Falls of Rauros''' were the great falls of River [[Anduin]] beneath [[Nen Hithoel]], where the river fell from [[Emyn Muil]] to the wetland of [[Nindalf]].
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At the breaking of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]], [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] paddled a boat from the west bank of the river to the east just above the falls and had to use all their strength to avoid being swept over the falls by the current. Shortly afterward [[Boromir son of Denethor II|Boromir]]'s body was placed in another boat by [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], [[Legolas]] and [[Gimli]] who sent it over the falls, but it apparently survived the fall; at any rate, soon afterward it was seen by [[Faramir son of Denethor II|Faramir]] upon the lower reaches of the Anduin in what felt to him like a dream yet from which there was no waking, and he retrieved Boromir's cloven horn in truth and not in seeming.
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{{quote|As they went south the fume of Rauros rose and shimmered before them, a haze of gold.  The rush and thunder of the falls shook the windless air.|''[[The Two Towers]]'', [[The Departure of Boromir]]<ref>{{TT|Departure}}</ref>}}
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'''Rauros''', the '''Falls of Rauros''' or the '''Rauros-falls''', were the great falls of River [[Anduin]] beneath [[Nen Hithoel]], where the river fell from [[Emyn Muil]] to the wetland of [[Nindalf]].
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==History==
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At the breaking of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]], [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] paddled a boat from the west bank of the river to the east just above the falls and had to use all their strength to avoid being swept over the falls by the current. Shortly afterward [[Boromir]]'s body was placed in another boat by [[Aragorn]], [[Legolas]] and [[Gimli]] who sent it over the Falls.  Aragorn declared in the [[Lament for Boromir]] that ever after the [[Tower of Guard]] would gaze "''to Rauros, golden Rauros falls until the end of days''".
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But it apparently survived the fall; at any rate, soon afterward it was seen by his brother [[Faramir]] upon the lower reaches of the Anduin in what felt to him like a dream yet from which there was no waking, and he retrieved Boromir's cloven horn in truth and not in seeming.
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==Etymology==
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In his [[unfinished index]], [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] glossed the name ''Rauros'' as "roaring spray".<ref>{{HM|UI}}, p. 327</ref> A pencilled annotation in a manuscript also gives the translation "Rush-rain" or "Roar-rain".<ref>{{TI|Farewell}}, p. 285</ref>
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In another manuscript, the name ''Rauros(se)'' is said to be composed of ''[[raw]]'' and ''[[ros]]'', and meaning "roaring rain". It is noted that the repetition of ''r'' in a name is usually retained in those with "phonetic or onomatopoeic significance".<ref>{{PE|19}}, p. 99</ref>
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Ted Nasmith - At the Falls.jpg
Falls of Rauros
Physical Description
TypeWaterfall
LocationThe Anduin river
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
DescriptionA great waterfall
General Information
EtymologySee below
ReferencesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers
"As they went south the fume of Rauros rose and shimmered before them, a haze of gold. The rush and thunder of the falls shook the windless air."
The Two Towers, The Departure of Boromir[1]

Rauros, the Falls of Rauros or the Rauros-falls, were the great falls of River Anduin beneath Nen Hithoel, where the river fell from Emyn Muil to the wetland of Nindalf.

History

At the breaking of the Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo and Sam paddled a boat from the west bank of the river to the east just above the falls and had to use all their strength to avoid being swept over the falls by the current. Shortly afterward Boromir's body was placed in another boat by Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli who sent it over the Falls. Aragorn declared in the Lament for Boromir that ever after the Tower of Guard would gaze "to Rauros, golden Rauros falls until the end of days".

But it apparently survived the fall; at any rate, soon afterward it was seen by his brother Faramir upon the lower reaches of the Anduin in what felt to him like a dream yet from which there was no waking, and he retrieved Boromir's cloven horn in truth and not in seeming.

Etymology

In his unfinished index, Tolkien glossed the name Rauros as "roaring spray".[2] A pencilled annotation in a manuscript also gives the translation "Rush-rain" or "Roar-rain".[3]

In another manuscript, the name Rauros(se) is said to be composed of raw and ros, and meaning "roaring rain". It is noted that the repetition of r in a name is usually retained in those with "phonetic or onomatopoeic significance".[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Departure of Boromir"
  2. 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. 327
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Farewell to Lórien", p. 285
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Quenya Phonology", in Parma Eldalamberon XIX (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 99