Mornan

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Mornan
Valley
General Information
LocationWhite Mountains, Gondor
TypeValley
DescriptionDark and narrow valley

The Mornan was a dark valley in the White Mountains where the spring of the source of the Morthond was located.[1]

History[edit]

The Mornan was a dark and narrow valley that lay beneath the shadow of two high mountains in the Ered Nimrais, being located directly to the south of Edoras.[2] Above the Mornan was a hidden gateway within some shadowed rocks which lead out from the Gate of the Dead Men.[2][3]

On 8 March T.A. 3019, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and the Grey Company exited the Paths of the Dead at the Mornan.[4] They rode to the Stone of Erech where Aragorn, as the heir of Isildur, called upon the Oathbreakers to follow him and fulfill their pledge.[3]

Etymology[edit]

Carl F. Hostetter has suggested that the name Mornan consists of mor- ("dark") + nan (valley).[5]

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