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Place from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium
Other names The Hold, Dunberg
Description Cliff-top refuge of the Rohirrim
Location Hidden in the White Mountains above Harrowdale
Founder Men of Twilight
Books The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Unfinished Tales

Dunharrow is a fictional place from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Aldor established it as a refuge of the Rohirrim hidden in the White Mountains and fortified against attack. Dunharrow had been used as a refuge by the Middle Men of the White Mountains during the Second Age — many millennia before Rohan.

Dunharrow was a cliff-top overlooking Harrowdale, the valley of the river Snowbourn. In order to reach the refuge, a winding path had to be used, known as the Stair of the Hold. This path was lined with statues known as the Púkel-men — statues originally carved by the Men of the White Mountains, in the likeness of the Drúedain. After the stair was the "Firienfeld", a large grassy area for the encampment of soldiers and refuge-seekers.[1]

Large carved stones marked the entrance to the Dimholt, a natural amphitheatre, which led into the Paths of the Dead.


  1. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954), The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin (published 1987), "The Muster of Rohan", ISBN 0-395-08254-4