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Fen Hollen

Fen Hollen or the Steward's Door was on the sixth level of Minas Tirith, in its rearward wall to the west. It led to Rath Dínen (the Silent Street) and the Hallows where the tombs of the Stewards and Kings of Gondor lay.

Guarded by a porter, the door was also called the Closed Door as it opened only for funerals, or to those who tended the tombs and had the token.[1]

Around the time of the Siege of Gondor, Beregond killed the porter in order to save wounded Faramir and took his key. After he locked the Door again, Gandalf gave the key to the injured Faramir.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Fen Hollen is a Sindarin name meaning "shut door", consisting of fen ("door") and hollen ("shut").[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Pyre of Denethor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 45, 98