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The Stone of Erech is also known as The Black Stone. It is the standing stone where the king of the mountains swore an oath to Isildur. It was large and spherical in shape, and half of it was underground. The other half that was visible/above ground was approximately as tall as a man. It was located on the hill of Erech.  
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'''The Stone of Erech''' was a great black stone, spherical in shape and roughly six feet in diameter. It was half-buried at the top of the [[Hill of Erech]]. The Stone was a mysterious and eerie place, shunned by the people of the valley, who claimed it had fallen from the sky, and was haunted by restless spirits. In fact, the Stone had its origins in [[Númenor]], and was brought to [[Erech]] after the [[Downfall of Númenor|Downfall]] by [[Isildur]] himself.  
  
The hill of Erech was located in Gondor, at the beginning of the Blackroot Vale in the white mountains. The head of the Blackroot Vale was where the entrance to the Paths of the Dead was located. The stone was brought to the hill of Erech by Isildur, who rescued it from the sinking Númenor.  
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It was at the Stone of Erech that the [[King of the Mountain]] swore allegiance to Isildur's cause in the time of the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men|Last Alliance]]. Because he failed to fulfil his oath, the [[Oathbreakers]] haunted the hills until they made good their promise.  
  
In the very early days of Gondor, the king of the men who lived in the white mountains swore an oath of allegiance to Isildur on the Stone of Erech. This oath was betrayed when Isildur called upon them to fight Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance. That caused Isildur to curse them to remain undead until they had fulfilled their oath. They haunted the Paths of the Dead for 3000+ years.  
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In the time of King [[Arvedui]] of [[Arthedain]] a prophecy was made regarding the arising of the dead during the [[War of the Ring]].  In this prophesy the Stone of Erech was mentioned:
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{{quote|The Dead awaken; for the hour is come for the oathbreakers: at the Stone of Erech they shall stand again and hear there a horn in the hills ringing.|[[Malbeth]] the Seer}}
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When the [[Grey Company]] came to [[Rohan]] the sons of [[Elrond]] brought with them a reminder of these words from their father to [[Aragorn]], who acted upon these words to brave the Paths of the Dead.<ref name="Grey">{{RK|V2}}</ref>
  
It was on the Stone of Erech that Aragorn called on the King of the dead, and the other accursed, to fulfill their oaths so that they could rest in peace. This occurred at midnight.In the Books, they only helped Aragorn take over the Ships of Saurons allies from the south.They were finally put to rest by Aragorn for fulfilling their oath where they had not done so before.  
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After waiting through the long years of the Third Age, their chance came at last when [[Aragorn|Aragorn Elessar]] led them out from beneath the [[Dwimorberg]] to the Stone of Erech. There at last they fulfilled their ancient bond, and marched to the aid of Gondor.<ref>{{RK|V9}}</ref>
 
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Latest revision as of 04:27, 29 October 2012

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Oathbreakers, Why Have Ye Come? by Abe Papakhian.

The Stone of Erech was a great black stone, spherical in shape and roughly six feet in diameter. It was half-buried at the top of the Hill of Erech. The Stone was a mysterious and eerie place, shunned by the people of the valley, who claimed it had fallen from the sky, and was haunted by restless spirits. In fact, the Stone had its origins in Númenor, and was brought to Erech after the Downfall by Isildur himself.

It was at the Stone of Erech that the King of the Mountain swore allegiance to Isildur's cause in the time of the Last Alliance. Because he failed to fulfil his oath, the Oathbreakers haunted the hills until they made good their promise.

In the time of King Arvedui of Arthedain a prophecy was made regarding the arising of the dead during the War of the Ring. In this prophesy the Stone of Erech was mentioned:

"The Dead awaken; for the hour is come for the oathbreakers: at the Stone of Erech they shall stand again and hear there a horn in the hills ringing."
Malbeth the Seer

When the Grey Company came to Rohan the sons of Elrond brought with them a reminder of these words from their father to Aragorn, who acted upon these words to brave the Paths of the Dead.[1]

After waiting through the long years of the Third Age, their chance came at last when Aragorn Elessar led them out from beneath the Dwimorberg to the Stone of Erech. There at last they fulfilled their ancient bond, and marched to the aid of Gondor.[2]

[edit] References

  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, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"