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Stonewain Valley

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Stonewain Valley
Physical Description
TypeValley
LocationEastern White Mountains
RealmsGondor
InhabitantsMen (Gondorians)
General Information
Other namesQ. Nand' Ondolunkava or Ondolunkanan(do)
S. Nan Gondresgion or Imrath Gondraich
R. Stānwægna Dæl
EventsRide of the Rohirrim to Pelennor Fields

Stonewain Valley was a long narrow straight valley in the eastern White Mountains, deep within the Druadan Forest. Its eastern end opened just to the northwest of the Rammas Echor that encircled Minas Tirith.[1]

[edit] History

A road, four horses wide, had been made in ancient days by the Men of Gondor,[2] as a route from the quarries beneath Min-Rimmon to Minas Anor.[3]

By the time of the War of the Ring, it was overgrown and all but forgotten. However, on 13 March T.A. 3019, King Théoden met with Ghân-buri-Ghân in the Druadan Forest[4] and the headman of the Woses revealed the existence of the old road. During the next day the Rohirrim used the road in Stonewain Valley to avoid the Orcs blocking the main road to come to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name was given because of the "wains (sleds or drays) passed to and fro from the stone-quarries" along the long, narrow defile.[5]

In Quenya it was called Nand' Ondolunkava or Ondolunkanan(do), in Sindarin Nan Gondresgion and in Rohirric Stānwægna Dæl.[3] Another Sindarin name, a translation of "Stonewain Valley", was Imrath Gondraich, where imrath meant "a long narrow valley with a road or watercourse running through it lengthwise."[6]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 28
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  5. 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, p. 776
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, Stonewain Valley