Great Hall of Feasts

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Great Hall of Feasts
General Information
Other namesMerethrond
LocationCitadel of Gondor in Minas Tirith
DescriptionThe feasting hall of the king in Gondor

The Great Hall of Feasts (Sindarin Merethrond)[1] was a feasting-hall to the right (i.e. north) of the Tower of Ecthelion in the Citadel, the topmost seventh circle of walls of the city of Minas Tirith[2].[3]

History[edit | edit source]

On July 18 T.A. 3019[4] King Éomer of Rohan returned to Minas Tirith with an éored of his knights and participated in a feast that was held by the recently crowned King Aragorn in the Great Hall of Feasts.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Merethrond is a Sindarin name,[5] which means "Great Hall of Feasts"[1] or "Hall of Feasts"[6]. The first element of the name is mereth ("feast").[6] Paul Strack suggests that the second element is rond ("vaulted or arched roof", "large hall or chamber so roofed").[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Many Partings", p. 975
  2. 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 Citadel, p. 515
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: VII. Many Partings", p. 67 citing from a plan of the Citadel that was drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien on a manuscript
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age", entry for the year 3019, July 18, p. 1095
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paul Strack, "S. Merethrond pn.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 2 May 2023)
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry mereth