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Stone of Erech

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[[Image:Abe Papakhian - Stone of Erech.jpg|thumb|''Stone of Erech'' by [[Abe Papakhian]].]]
 
[[Image:Abe Papakhian - Stone of Erech.jpg|thumb|''Stone of Erech'' by [[Abe Papakhian]].]]
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]] at the mouth of the [[Blackroot Vale]], far to the west of [[Minas Tirith]]. 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.  
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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.  
  
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]]. When war came, though, he failed to fulfil his oath, and Isildur cursed the King and his people to wander the hills until they made good their promise. 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.
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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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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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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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Revision as of 21:26, 23 March 2007

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.

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.

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.

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.]]