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Starkhorn

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Starkhorn
Physical Description
TypeMountains
LocationNorthern White Mountains
RealmsRohan
DescriptionLarge mountain, jagged snow-clad peak
General Information
EtymologyAnglicized Rohirric "stark" + "horn"
ReferencesThe Muster of Rohan

The Starkhorn was one of the largest of the White Mountains. It was a snow-clad peak that rose in the inner regions of the mountain range. From its feet sprang the Snowbourn, whose widening valley ran northwards through the mountains to emerge onto the plains of Rohan. The Rohirrim called that valley Harrowdale, and built their courts of Edoras at its mouth, from where the lonely white peak of the Starkhorn could be seen along the straight length of the valley. On a cliff above the valley they built the refuge of Dunharrow.[1]

[edit] Etymology

It means "horn standing up stiff like a spike" and represents Rohirric.[2]

As Tolkien notes, to an English reader stark now has implications of nakedness and grimness, not originally present in the word.[2]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 776