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Ethring

Matěj Čadil - Ethring.jpg
Ethring
Physical Description
TypeFord
LocationHead of the Ringló Vale
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
General Information
EventsPassing of the Grey Company

Ethring was a bridge[note 1] in Southern Gondor.

[edit] History

Ethring was a major crossing point of the river Ringló, along the main road from Erech to Pelargir.[1] Aragorn and the Oathbreakers crossed the river here during the War of the Ring.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name Ethring perhaps comes from ath meaning "across" (cf. athrad "ford, crossing"). Ring translates to "cold" (cf. Ringló river, to which it probably refers).[3]

[edit] Footnotes

  1. The symbol used on the Map of Gondor suggests Ethring was only a bridge; there is no sign of a nearby town or settlement.

[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 Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"