Haudh in Gwanûr

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Haudh in Gwanûr
Burial mound
Douglas Chaffee - Haudh in Gwanur.jpg
"Haudh in Gwanur" by Douglas Chaffee
General Information
LocationOn the banks of the Poros in Gondor
TypeBurial mound
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] upon the shore of the river Poros.


Folcred and Fastred, the twin sons of King Folcwine of Rohan, had come South to answer the Oath of Eorl. They fought the Haradrim alongside the Gondorians, but were slain near the Crossings of Poros in Ithilien.[2][3]

The Rohirrim put them to rest according to their fashion. The mound was raised high upon the shore of the river. It is said that the enemies of Gondor were afraid to pass the tomb.[3]


Haudh in Gwanûr is a Sindarin name. It is a compound of haudh ("mound in sward"), the plural in of the definite article i and gwanûr ("pair of twins").[4][5] The Association Tolkiendil suggests it means "mound of the brothers".[6] In editions of The Lord of the Rings prior to the 2004 edition, the circumflex (^) was omitted.[7]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

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 Eowyn 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 Amrûn cast down the standing stone of Haudh-in-Gwanur at Athrad Poros in the year T.A. 2954.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 2885
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark", Second Line, entry for king Folcwine
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards", entry for the steward Túrin II
  4. 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. Paul Strack suggests it means "Burial Mound of the Twins".
  5. Paul Strack, "S. Haudh in Gwanûr loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 5 March 2022)
  6. Compound Sindarin names at Tolkiendil.com (accessed 19 June 2011)
  7. Cf. Talk:Haudh in Gwanûr