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Folde was an ancient and historic region of Rohan, close to the King's courts in Edoras, which indeed originally held the King's seat at the town of Aldburg.[1] It was the homeland of the royal family.[2]

The Folde was the centre of the kingdom. Its boundary eastward was roughly a line South-west from the junction of the Snowbourn and Entwash to the mountains;[3] the Eastfold was the land from that line east to the Fenmark between Entwash and the mountains;[4] the Westfold was along the mountains as far as the River Isen.[5]

The defensive center of the Folde and Eastfold was at Edoras.[3]

[edit] Etymology

In Old English, folde means "earth, land, country".[6]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen", Appendix (i)
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 148, entry "Folde"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), "Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings", published in A Tolkien Compass (edited by Jared Lobdell)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  6. 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. 770-1