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Haudh in Gwanûr

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[[File:|320x480px|thumb|center|"Haudh in Gwanur" by Douglas Chaffee]]
Burial mound
Haudh in Gwanûr
General Information
LocationOn the banks of the Poros in Gondor
TypeBurial mound
People and History
CreatedT.A. 2885
GalleryImages of Haudh in Gwanûr

Haudh in Gwanûr was the burial mound of Folcred and Fastred, erected at their death in T.A. 2885[1] high upon the shore of the river Poros.[2]


In the days of Steward Túrin II of Gondor the Haradrim had occupied South Gondor and there were many armed conflicts along the river Poros.[2] In T.A. 2885 emissaries of Sauron stirred up the Haradrim who crossed the Poros invaded Ithilien[1] with a large army[2]. When King Folcwine of Rohan heard of the invasion he fulfilled the Oath of Eorl[2] and sent many men led by his twin sons Folcred and Fastred to help Túrin II.[3]

Túrin II defeated the Haradrim invaders with the help of the troops from Rohan in a battle at the Crossings of Poros,[2] but Folcred and Fastred fell side by side in battle in Ithilien[3].

They were buried together high upon the shore of the river Poros according to the customs of their people in a burial mound, which was called Haudh in Gwanûr. The mound stood there for a long time and the enemies of Gondor were afraid to pass the mound.[2]


Haudh in Gwanûr is a Sindarin name.[4] Its meaning is not glossed, but it probably means "Burial Mound of the Twins".[5] It is a compound of haudh ("mound in sward"),[4] the plural in of the definite article i[5] and gwanûr ("pair of twins")[4]. In editions of The Lord of the Rings prior to the 2004 edition, the circumflex (^) was omitted.[6]

Portrayal in adaptations

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Haudh-in-Gwanûr is a card, where players face an attack by the undead. Harondor is written on the right hand side below the bottom of the drawing of Haudh-in-Gwanûr.

1987-96: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The Sea-Lords of Gondor - Pelargir and Lebennin campaign module contains a detailed map that includes Ithilien. This map shows that Haudh-in-Gwanûr is on the north bank of the river Poros.
In Southern Gondor: The Land it is mentioned that Haudh-in-Gwanur is on the north bank of the river Poros at Athrad Poros and that the river Poros forms the border between Harondor and Ithilien. As a consequence, Haudh-in-Gwanur is probably in Ithilien rather than in Harondor. In addition, it is mentioned that orcs from Mordor cast down the tall stone that crowned the mound in T.A. 2954 and that Princess Éowyn of Ithilien caused the standing stone of Haudh-in-Gwanur to be restored soon after the War of the Ring.
In Southern Gondor: The People it is mentioned that the men of the city of Amrûn cast down the standing stone of Haudh-in-Gwanur at Athrad Poros in the year T.A. 2954.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 2885, p. 1088
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards", entry for Steward Túrin II, p. 1054
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark", entry for King Folcwine, p. 1069
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 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), p. 116 entry S hauð and entry S gwanûr
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paul Strack, "S. Haudh in Gwanûr loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 5 March 2022)
  6. Cf. Talk:Haudh in Gwanûr