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Great West Road

The Great West Road was the name of the portion of the Great Road east of the Fords of Isen and was known as a horse-road.[1] Practically it connected Edoras with Minas Tirith[2] where it was mentioned as the North-way.[3]

[edit] Course

Two miles east from the Isen it bent sharply to the south-east to meet the Deeping-road and again bent to the east and Edoras.[4] It passed across Calenardhon/Rohan parallel to the White Mountains, the Folde, the Fenmarch and traversed the Firien Wood into Anórien. It ran around the Drúadan Forest and ran to the south into the Pelennor Fields, outside of Minas Anor. It then passed over Erui at the Crossings of Erui, and reached Pelargir.[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"; as horse-road
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"