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Straight Road

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The Straight Road was the route that left the Middle-earth's curvature through sky and space to the ethereal land of Aman.

History

The Straight Road, so called because it followed the old path across Belegaer from before the Akallabêth when the Flat World was made Round, was only kept open to Elves, who were allowed to sail to it on their ships by a special grace of the Valar.

Like Tuor and Amandil attempted to reach Aman, also some mortals traveled the Straight Road. Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins sailed into the West on the White Ship, and were followed by Samwise Gamgee who sailed alone, but presumably found his way.

Other writings

Smith appears to have found a conceptually similar road, leading him to the land of "Faery".[1]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major