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J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium location
Other name(s) The Hold, Dunberg
Type Cliff-top refuge of the Rohirrim
First appearance The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Unfinished Tales
Location Hidden in the White Mountains above Harrowdale
Founder Men of Twilight

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