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Talk:Houses of the dead

This name seems to be applied to both a location in Minas Tirith and to Halls of Mandos - any one cares to shed some light? --Morgan 21:57, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

In The Silmarillion Mandos "is the keeper of the Houses of the Dead."[1] Also called the Halls of Mandos and the Halls of Awaiting.
In The Return of the King when Denethor takes Faramir's body to the tombs, they go to Rath Dínen. On the way they reach a door in the sixth level. "Fen Hollen it was called, for it was kept ever shut save at times of funeral, and only the Lord of the City might use that way, or those who bore the token of the tombs and tended the houses of the dead."[2] Fen Hollen is in the RK index with only 1 entry so it will be easy to find.
There are no "houses of the dead" named as such in Númenor but there was the Valley of the Tombs.[3] Look up "Noirinan" in the index to find it.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
--Gamling 05:33, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
This article should refer to the location in Minas Tirith, I think (as this article formerly did). --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 13:59, 20 November 2011 (UTC)