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"Theoden in the Aldburg, Eastfold" by Steamey
General Information
LocationThe Folde, Rohan
People and History
Createdc. 26th century of the Third Age
GalleryImages of Aldburg

Aldburg was one of the oldest towns in Rohan and the first capital of the realm.[1]


[edit] History

Aldburg was built by Eorl in the region known as the Folde, east of Edoras. After Brego, son of Eorl, completed the Golden Hall and the Kings removed to Edoras, the lordship of Aldburg passed to his youngest son, Eofor, from whom Éomund, father of Éomer, claimed descent.[1]

Even though Aldburg was in the King's Lands as part of the Folde, it was the location of the muster of the East-mark as it was the most convenient location. At the time of the War of the Ring, it was the home of King Théoden's nephew Éomer, who was Third Marshal of the Riddermark.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Aldburg is an Old English name meaning "Old Fortress".[2][3]

[edit] Portrayals in Adaptations

2013: The Lord of the Rings Online

Aldburg is the capital town of the Eastfold, ruled by Eomer in time of peace. After Eomer departs to war, the defence of Aldburg falls to his steward Arcil, who is often in disagreement with Eomer's cousin Éothain. Because Edoras is evacuated early in the story and all its inhabitants move to Dunharrow, Aldburg and not Edoras is the in-game "capital settlement" of the West Rohan region, serving as the hub for swift travel and player activities.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen", "Appendix (i)", second Paragraph and footnote 2
  2. "ald", Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (accessed 26 June 2015)
  3. "burg", Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (accessed 26 June 2015)