East Wall of Rohan

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Matěj Čadil - East Wall of Rohan

The East Wall of Rohan was a sheer cliff on the western edge of the hills of the Emyn Muil where they met the grasslands of the Eastemnet on the east side of Rohan.[1][2]

The line of the hills ended abruptly in a steep cliff-face,[2] forming one of the borders of Rohan[3]. The cliff was not impassable: a traveller in the hills could pass down onto the plain using a ravine that cut into the rock.[2]

This was the route used during the War of the Ring by the Orcs that captured Merry and Pippin[4] on 26 February T.A. 3019)[5], and by the Three Hunters who followed them[2] at dawn the next day[6].

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, entry East Wall, p. 364
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan", p. 432
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", "(iii) Cirion and Eorl", paragraph starting with "The bounds of the realm of Eorl were to be: [...] the west-cliff of the Emyn Muil"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Uruk-hai", pp. 446
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years", entry for the year 3019, February, 26
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years", entry for the year 3019, February, 27