Great West Road

The Great West Road[1], also referred to as the West Road[2][3] or the horse-road[4][3] was the name of the portion of the Great Road[5] between the eastern shore of the Fords of Isen[3] and the north gate of the Rammas Echor[6][7] north of Minas Tirith.

CourseEdit

The Great West Road ran from the eastern shore of the Fords of Isen straight east for approximately two miles, then bent sharply to the south-east[4] and ran across Calenardhon/Rohan roughly parallel to the northern side of the White Mountains through the Westfold where it met the Deeping-road that ran north-east from Helm's Deep,[8] continued through the Folde on to Edoras , then through the Eastfold across the Mering Stream into Anórien where it ran through the northern part of the Firien Wood and along the northern edge of Drúadan Forest to the northern side of Amon Dîn where it turned further to the south-east until it reached the north gate of the Rammas Echor in the north of Minas Tirith[1].

The road from the Gate of Minas Tirith to the north gate of the Rammas Echor to join the Great West Road[6][7] was called the North-way[9].

The part of the Great Road that ran from the western shore of the Fords of Isen to Fornost Erain was called the North Road and later called the Greenway by the Bree-folk.[10][11]

See alsoEdit

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor", label "Great West Road" above the road in the Eastfold
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate", p. 882
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, entry Roads (2) (i)
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen", tenth paragraph
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", "(iii) Cirion and Eorl"
  6. 6.0 6.1 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 North-way, p. 635
  7. 7.0 7.1 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 north gate, p. 559
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King", pp. 969 and 972
  10. 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 Greenway, "originally running from Isengard to Fornost", p. 31
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony", p. 150