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Falls of Rauros
Physical Description
LocationThe Anduin river
Reunited Kingdom
DescriptionA great waterfall
General Information
EtymologySee below
ReferencesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers

"As they went south the fume of Rauros rose and shimmered before them, a haze of gold. The rush and thunder of the falls shook the windless air."
The Departure of Boromir

Rauros, the Falls of Rauros or the Rauros-falls, were the great falls of River Anduin beneath Nen Hithoel, where the river fell from Emyn Muil to the wetland of Nindalf.



At the breaking of the Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo and Sam paddled a boat from the west bank of the river to the east just above the falls and had to use all their strength to avoid being swept over the falls by the current. Shortly afterward Boromir's body was placed in another boat by Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli who sent it over the Falls. Aragorn declared in the Lament for Boromir that ever after the Tower of Guard would gaze "to Rauros, golden Rauros falls until the end of days".

But it apparently survived the fall; at any rate, soon afterward it was seen by his brother Faramir upon the lower reaches of the Anduin in what felt to him like a dream yet from which there was no waking, and he retrieved Boromir's cloven horn in truth and not in seeming.


In his unfinished index, Tolkien glossed the name Rauros as "roaring spray".[1] A pencilled annotation in a manuscript also gives the translation "Rush-rain" or "Roar-rain".[2]

In another manuscript, the name Rauros(se) is said to be composed of raw and ros, and meaning "roaring rain". It is noted that the repetition of r in a name is usually retained in those with "phonetic or onomatopoeic significance".[3]


There is a town called Røros in Norway; the name means "mouth of river Røa".


  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, p. 327
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Farewell to Lórien", p. 285
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Quenya Phonology", in Parma Eldalamberon XIX (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 99