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Entwade was a ford that crossed the River Entwash some fifty-five miles northeast of Edoras in Rohan.[1] When Éomer met Aragorn and his companions in the Eastemnet, he was leading his Riders for this ford. After he lent the horses Hasufel and Arod to the Three Hunters, he asked that they would follow him at some time across the Entwade to Edoras,[2] (though their later adventures in Fangorn Forest probably meant that they eventually came to Edoras by a different route).

Seven months before Éomer met Aragorn, beings fouler and more ancient had used the fords of the Entwade. On their journey north to the Shire in search of Baggins, the Nazgûl had passed west through Anórien, and on over the Entwade[3] before turning eastward again to return to the banks of the Anduin. The Ringwraiths were travelling secretly and invisibly, on foot, so this journey through Rohan would have been a considerable detour for them. It seems, then, that the Entwade must have been the only crossing-place on the Entwash for at least two hundred and fifty miles above its Mouths, and perhaps the only means of crossing the river at all.

[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]

[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, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Hunt for the Ring"
  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