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'''Stonewain Valley''' was a long straight valley in the eastern [[White Mountains]]. It was made in ancient days by the [[Men]] of [[Gondor]], as a route from the quarries beneath [[Min-Rimmon]] to [[Minas Anor]].<ref name="Parma 17"> [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], "Words, Phrases and Passages in various tongues in ''The Lord of the Rings''" in [[Christopher Gilson]] (ed.), ''[[Parma Eldalamberon 17]]'', p. 28</ref> By the time of the [[War of the Ring]], it was all but forgotten, but it was rediscovered in time to be used by the [[Rohirrim]] to come to the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]].<ref>{{RK|V5}}, p. 815 f.</ref>
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'''Stonewain Valley''' was a long narrow straight valley in the eastern [[White Mountains]], deep within the [[Druadan Forest]]. Its eastern end opened just to the northwest of the [[Rammas Echor]] that encircled [[Minas Tirith]].<ref>{{RK|Map}}</ref>
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==History==
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A road, four horses wide, had been made in ancient days by the [[Men]] of [[Gondor]],<ref name="Ride">{{RK|V5}}</ref> as a route from the quarries beneath [[Min-Rimmon]] to [[Minas Anor]].<ref name="Parma 17">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], "Words, Phrases and Passages in various tongues in ''The Lord of the Rings''" in [[Christopher Gilson]] (ed.), ''[[Parma Eldalamberon 17]]'', p. 28</ref> By the time of the [[War of the Ring]], it was all but forgotten.  However, on [[13 March]] {{TA|3019}}, King [[Théoden]] met with [[Ghân-buri-Ghân]] in the Druadan Forest<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref> and the headman of the Woses revealed the existence of the old road.  During the next day the [[Rohirrim]] used the road in Stonewain Valley to avoid the [[Orcs]] blocking the main road to come to the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]].<ref name="Ride"/>
  
 
== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==
The name was given because of the "''wains (sleds or drays) passed to and fro from the stone-quarries''" along the long, narrow defile.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 776</ref> In [[Quenya]] it was called ''Nand' Ondolunkava'' or ''Ondolunkanan(do)'', in [[Sindarin]] ''Nan Gondresgion'' and in [[Rohirric]] ''Stānwægna Dæl''.<ref name="Parma 17">
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The name was given because of the "''wains (sleds or drays) passed to and fro from the stone-quarries''" along the long, narrow defile.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 776</ref> In [[Quenya]] it was called ''Nand' Ondolunkava'' or ''Ondolunkanan(do)'', in [[Sindarin]] ''Nan Gondresgion'' and in [[Rohirric]] ''Stānwægna Dæl''.<ref name="Parma 17"/>  Another Sindarin name, a translation of "Stonewain Valley", was ''Imrath Gondraich'', where ''imrath'' meant "a long narrow valley with a road or watercourse running through it lengthwise."<ref>{{UT|Index}}, ''Stonewain Valley''</ref>
  
 
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Stonewain Valley
Physical Description
TypeValley
LocationEastern White Mountains
RealmsGondor
InhabitantsMen (Gondorians)
General Information
EventsRide of the Rohirrim to Pelennor Fields

Stonewain Valley was a long narrow straight valley in the eastern White Mountains, deep within the Druadan Forest. Its eastern end opened just to the northwest of the Rammas Echor that encircled Minas Tirith.[1]

History

A road, four horses wide, had been made in ancient days by the Men of Gondor,[2] as a route from the quarries beneath Min-Rimmon to Minas Anor.[3] By the time of the War of the Ring, it was all but forgotten. However, on 13 March T.A. 3019, King Théoden met with Ghân-buri-Ghân in the Druadan Forest[4] and the headman of the Woses revealed the existence of the old road. During the next day the Rohirrim used the road in Stonewain Valley to avoid the Orcs blocking the main road to come to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[2]

Etymology

The name was given because of the "wains (sleds or drays) passed to and fro from the stone-quarries" along the long, narrow defile.[5] In Quenya it was called Nand' Ondolunkava or Ondolunkanan(do), in Sindarin Nan Gondresgion and in Rohirric Stānwægna Dæl.[3] Another Sindarin name, a translation of "Stonewain Valley", was Imrath Gondraich, where imrath meant "a long narrow valley with a road or watercourse running through it lengthwise."[6]

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, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in various tongues in The Lord of the Rings" in Christopher Gilson (ed.), Parma Eldalamberon 17, p. 28
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  5. 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
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, Stonewain Valley