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Entwade

Entwade was a ford that crossed the River Entwash some fifty-five miles northeast of Edoras in Rohan.[1]

On their journey north to the Shire in search of Baggins, the Nazgûl secretly and invisibly, on foot, had passed west through Anórien, and on over the Entwade[2] before turning eastward again to return to the banks of the Anduin.[note 1]

After Éomer attacked the Orc-band outside Fangorn, he was leading his Riders for this ford when he met Aragorn and his companions in the Eastemnet. He lent the horses Hasufel and Arod to the Three Hunters, and asked that they would follow him at some time across the Entwade to Edoras.[3][note 2]

[edit] Etymology

Entwade is a modernisation of Old English Entwaed (waed, "ford"), so modernised because it was recognisable by speakers of Westron. Gondorians used that name, assimilated to their own language.[4]

Notes

  1. This considerable detour suggests that the Entwade must have been the only crossing-place on the Entwash.
  2. Their later adventures in Fangorn Forest probably meant that they eventually came to Edoras by a different route. Cf. Karen Wynn Fonstad (1991), The Atlas of Middle-earth, "Rauros to Dunharrow", p. 167

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 769-70