List of Middle-earth roads
This is a list of roads mentioned by name in J. R. R. Tolkien's stories of Middle-earth. Many roads in Middle-earth were dirt tracks, but paving was also used and in some cases stone causeways were built.
- 1 Ancient Dwarf roads
- 2 North-South Road
- 3 Gondorian roads
- 4 Shire roads
- 5 Dark roads
- 6 Other roads
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Ancient Dwarf roads
Great East Road
The Great East Road (also known as the East Road, the East-West Road or the Great Road) was an ancient Dwarven route passing from western Beleriand, over the Ered Luin, across Eriador, and to the Misty Mountains. Travellers could cross the Misty Mountains by using the High Pass, and continue their journey through Rhovanion (Wilderland) to the distant Dwarf lands in the East by using the Old Forest Road. The Great East Road passed through lands that would become Arnor, the northern kingdom of Men, and later, the Shire of the Hobbits.
The Great East Road was originally laid by the Dwarves during the First Age before the first rising of the Sun, probably during the last Age of Stars. It is assumed that the Great East Road was built as a western extension of the Old Forest Road, which ran from the Iron Hills through Rhovanion and ended at the Misty Mountains near the High Pass. The Great East Road gave the Dwarves a route across Eriador to the Ered Luin, and then on into Doriath in Beleriand. The westernmost parts of the road were built to facilitate the passage of companies of dwarf craftsmen (and later, their armed escort) across eastern Beleriand, before the sack of Doriath by the dwarves of Nogrod ended their trade.
At the end of the First Age, the War of Wrath destroyed Beleriand and most of it fell into the sea, taking the western part of the Great East Road with it. Once the longest road in Middle-earth, the now shorter Great East Road would lose that title to the North-South Road. In the new geography of the region, the Great East Road would now stretch from the Grey Havens in the west to the vicinity of the newly founded Rivendell in the east, on the western side of the Misty Mountains. It should be noted that, contrary to the map of western Middle-earth published in The Lord of the Rings, the Great East Road did not lead to (or through) Rivendell. Rivendell was maintained as a hidden valley away from the road to the High Pass.
When the Númenórean realm in exile of Arnor was founded, the Arnorians took over the maintenance of the Great East Road, and built several fortresses on or near it (including Weathertop), and expanded or created bridges over the rivers Baranduin and Mitheithel. After Arnor was partitioned in T.A. 861, the Great East Road formed part of the boundary between two of its successor states, Cardolan and Arthedain. In T.A. 1601 the Shire was founded, and its Hobbits were tasked with maintaining the mid-west section of the Great East Road.
While it was once a major thoroughfare of Arnor, travel on the road declined after the last remnants of the northern kingdom fell in T.A. 1974. By the end of the Third Age, only the portion of the Great East Road within the Shire was well used, while the rest carried only a few wanderers and the occasional band of Dwarves. One group of Dwarves who took this road became famous as Thorin & Company, on their quest of Erebor in The Hobbit.
The road between Bree and Rivendell was measured at 348 miles.
Old Forest Road
The Old Forest Road (also known as the Dwarf Road or Men-i-Naugrim) was the main route through the great forest originally known as Greenwood the Great and latterly as Mirkwood. The Old Forest Road originally ran from the Iron Hills through Rhovanion and ended at the Misty Mountains near the High Pass. Where the Road crossed the Great River, there was originally a stone bridge, but by the later years of the Third Age the bridge had been lost and the river was crossed by the Old Ford. From there, a traveller following the Road east would cross some miles of open country before plunging into the depths of the forest. The Road then ran directly east from one side of the forest to the other, covering more than two hundred miles beneath the canopy of trees before it emerged by the banks of the River Running.
Of the origins of the Road we know little for certain. We can be sure that it existed before the end of the Second Age, because a record exists of the stone bridge being specially strengthened to carry the armies of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. A strong clue to its origins is presented in its Sindarin language name, Men-i-Naugrim, meaning 'Way of the Dwarves'. The Dwarves had a tradition of road-building dating back to before the First Age, and it seems that they must have built the Forest Road to carry traffic between their western and eastern clans. It's particularly notable that the old bridge over the Anduin at the Road's western end lay almost exactly halfway between the ancient Dwarvish meeting-place at Gundabad to the north, and Durin's mansions of Khazad-dûm to the south. It is assumed that the western end of the road had been built by the dwarves of Khazad-dûm in the Misty Mountains. Khazad-dûm's inhabitants, the Longbeard dwarves, continued to grow in power and influence, and their trading needs meant that the road from the Iron Hills that travelled through Mirkwood to their gates became widely known.
By the middle of the Third Age, several Dwarf kingdoms had fallen and travel on the Forest Road dwindled. By the end of the Third Age, the Old Forest Road had become overgrown and portions of the road east of Mirkwood had become impassable.
The North-South Road was the longest terrestrial road in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth during its Third Age: about 1275 miles. (The longest-ever terrestrial road in Middle-earth had been the full Great East Road in the First Age, but it was much reduced in length when its Beleriand sections were forever drowned in the War of Wrath.) Originally known as the Royal Road, it ran from the realm of Arnor in the north to the capital of Gondor in the south. In the early Third Age, the highway was the main overland linkage between Gondor and Arnor. However as the Third Age progressed, both kingdoms declined, and the road became neglected, especially its central stretches. After the end of the War of the Ring, there were plans by King Elessar to restore the ancient royal highway.
The detailed route of the North-South Road was as follows. It began at the ancient capital of Arnor: Fornost Erain on the North Downs of Eriador. From here the road ran 100 miles south to the ancient crossroads of the Great East Road at Bree. South of Bree, the road passed through the Andrath (the defile between the Barrow-downs and the South Downs) and into Minhiriath. Here it was joined by a branch-road which came out of the Shire's Southfarthing through Sarn Ford. From this junction the road ran generally south-east, first reaching Tharbad on the Gwathló (Greyflood) river. Tharbad was once a thriving city, and the road had approached it along a series of causeways from both sides, and had crossed the river at Tharbad via a massive stone bridge.
After Tharbad, the road continued southeast through the land of Enedwaith and entered Dunland just west of the Misty Mountains. In southern Dunland, the road turned due east and crossed the Fords of Isen, where it passed through the Gap of Rohan between the Misty Mountains and the Ered Nimrais (White Mountains). Upon fording the River Isen, the road entered the Kingdom of Rohan and became known as the West Road. The road then travelled eastward and a little south, skirting the northern foothills of the Ered Nimrais on its way to Edoras and then to the Mering Stream, where the road entered Gondor's province of Anórien. There the road continued to the end of the Ered Nimrais, where it finally reached its destination in Minas Tirith.
Towards the end of the Third Age, as mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, there was an upsurge in activity on the North-South Road's isolated stretches north-west of the Isen. In 'July' 3018, Gandalf took this route from Bree to get to Isengard after receiving Saruman's urgent summons. Whilst Gandalf was held captive in Saruman's tower of Orthanc, Boromir travelled along the road in the opposite direction, on his journey from Minas Tirith to Rivendell; he lost his horse in the ford at Tharbad. In 'September' of that year, Boromir was unwittingly followed by the Nazgûl (and an associated party of Men), who were travelling north in search of the One Ring. Gandalf (after escaping from Orthanc) was close behind the Nazgûl.
In the following year (3019) shipments of pipe-weed from the Shire's Southfarthing were transported along the road, to Isengard in the south. In return, the Shire received Saruman's ruffians in increasing numbers. Saruman himself followed his henchmen later in the year; on 28th 'August' he and Gríma Wormtongue were overtaken on the North-South Road in Dunland by five members of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Elves still with them.
Part of the North-South Road, especially the sections north and south of Bree, was known as the Greenway because, by the end of the Third Age, it was little used and had become covered with grass. The Greenway (but not the North-South Road) possibly extended west from Fornost Erain to Annúminas.
Old South Road
Old South Road - A Third Age name in Eriador for the section of the North-South Road from approximately Tharbad southwards. Much of the roadwork had disappeared by the time of The Lord of the Rings, with only remnants of the causeways still extant in the fens of Minhiriath.
In the heyday of the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor, the North-South Road was known as the Royal Road. At that time the southern end of the great highway was deemed to continue beyond Minas Anor: along the Causeway to Osgiliath. However when Osgiliath was replaced by Minas Anor (renamed Minas Tirith) as the capital of Gondor, all roads reaching the new capital came to be viewed as beginning or ending there.
The roads of the kingdom of Gondor were largely built by its Númenorean founders. In addition to the following list of named roads, there were also significant unnamed roads such as the great street that wound up through the city of Minas Tirith, and the highway that ran south from Minas Tirith to the kingdom's southern fiefs.
The raised highway that ran from the east gate of Rammas Echor (the great outer wall of the Pelennor Fields) and over the river-flats of the Anduin to Osgiliath on the river's shores. The Causeway featured its own walls, and its gate in the Rammas was guarded by battlemented towers, known as the Causeway Forts.
Not to be confused with the Shire's Causeway, which was smaller but longer.
A junction of major roads in central Ithilien. The west-east road was the Morgul-road from the Causeway and Osgiliath to Minas Morgul. The North Road began at the Cross-roads and led to the Morannon, whilst in the opposite direction the long Harad Road headed from the Cross-roads to the far south.
The Cross-roads featured a ring of vast trees which centred upon the junction and dominated the landscape. The trees were described as very ancient by the time of the War of the Ring; however it's not clear whether the stand of trees preceded the Númenoreans of Gondor, who constructed their roads to meet at this location, or whether they planted the trees there. The Gondorians were certainly responsible for another feature of the Cross-roads: a large statue of one of the Kings of Gondor, seated on a carved throne right next to the road-meeting.
The spelling Cross-roads predominates and seems to be correct, although punctuation variations appear (mainly in isolated instances) even in the same editions of The Lord of the Rings where Cross-roads also occurs: Cross-Roads, Cross Roads and Crossroads. Cross-roads is preferred in works by Tolkien scholars such as The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, The Atlas of Middle-earth and The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion.
The Deeping-road was built by the Gondorians to their fortress at Aglarond, which later became better known as the Rohirrim stronghold of Helm's Deep. The road began at the Great West Road (at a point 15 miles east of the Fords of Isen), and ran southwards up through the Deeping-comb. The Deeping-road lay on the eastern side of the Deeping-stream until it reached the Hornburg.
Great West Road
The Great West Road was a large section of Middle-earth's ancient Royal Road. This section began in Minas Tirith and ran along the northern foothills of the Ered Nimrais before reaching the Fords of Isen. From there it led towards (the rest of) the North-South Road. The Great West Road originally lay entirely within the kingdom of Gondor; indeed the name Great West Road derived from Gondor's perspective.
The long road that ran southward from the Cross-roads in central Ithilien. It soon passed through a gap between the Emyn Arnen and the Mountains of Shadow before traversing the main part of South Ithilien. The road then forded the Poros and crossed South Gondor. Beyond a ford on the Harnen it led on into the far southern lands named Harad.
This was the road that was used by Sauron to bring large numbers of Southron soldiers from Harad during the War of the Ring. Faramir ambushed a contingent of these Southrons going further north, but most of them were deployed in the Siege of Minas Tirith.
The North Road was the highway built in North Ithilien by the Númenorean founders of Gondor. It ran north from the Cross-roads in central Ithilien and skirted the western Mountains of Shadow before reaching the Morannon. The North Road was a strategic military road: at its southern end it linked to the rest of Gondor, and at the Morannon end it met a road going further north, to Wilderland, and another road heading east towards Rhûn.
Frodo Baggins travelled on part of the North Road on his quest in The Lord of the Rings. He witnessed Faramir and the Rangers of Ithilien ambushing a contingent of Haradrim (and their Oliphaunt) who were marching north along the road.
Rath Dínen (the Silent Street), also called the Hallows, was the necropolis of the city of Minas Tirith, and was located on the saddle between the city and Mount Mindolluin. It was accessed by a door in the Sixth Level of the city. This gateway to Rath Dínen was kept locked (except for authorized funerary use), and hence called Fen Hollen (the Closed Door).
The tombs in Rath Dínen included the mausoleums of the Kings of Gondor and their Stewards. In the War of the Ring, Denethor II (the last Ruling Steward of Gondor) committed suicide in the Stewards' mausoleum.
In addition to the Great East Road that passed through the Shire, meeting a branch of the Old South Road at Waymeet, the Shire was also known for its English-style country lanes. At least some of the Shire's numerous local roads had been originally built before Hobbits settled the Shire: namely by the kingdom of Arnor, which "once had many farms" in the area.
The small road (and the smials it served) at the foot of the Hill below Bag End in Hobbiton-across-the-Water. Bag End's gardeners, the Gamgees, were one of the families living in these smials. Daddy Twofoot lived next-door to the Gamgees.
During the War of the Ring, Bagshot Row was demolished by Saruman's ruffians, who turned it into a quarry. After the war it was restored, and renamed New Row; it also acquired a nickname – Sharkey's End – in reference to Saruman meeting his death nearby.
A tree-lined road in the Westfarthing. It ran north-west from the Great East Road through Bywater and Hobbiton. The road was the location of the last battle of the War of the Ring, the Battle of Bywater. In Bywater itself, the road further on was called the Hobbiton Road.
The road's trees were hacked down by Saruman's ruffians during the War of the Ring; Sam Gamgee beheld a vision of this in the Mirror of Galadriel. After the war, the avenue of trees was very quickly restored by Sam using some of the miraculous dust that had been gifted to him by Galadriel.
A road raised above the low-lying Marish in the Eastfarthing; it ran parallel to the west bank of the Brandywine river. Farmer Maggot used the Causeway when assisting Frodo Baggins to elude Black Riders in The Fellowship of the Ring.
Not to be confused with Gondor's Causeway, which was much grander, although shorter in length.
A narrow road along the northern Green Hills in the central Shire. This quiet country road belied its significance.
The Stock Road began in Tuckborough in Westfarthing, cut across the northern tip of Southfarthing and entered the Eastfarthing, where it eventually by-passed Woody End and went down into the lowlands of the Yale before reaching Stock, where it met the Marish's Causeway. The Stock Road ran roughly parallel to the Great East Road, which lay several miles to the north.
Unbeknown to most hobbits, the branch of the road to Woodhall was part of a pilgrimage route for the High-Elven Noldor travelling across Eriador. This route was ancient, possibly dating back to the primeval Great Journey of the Elves in the First Age.
Nevertheless the Stock Road was a quieter road, not even in great use by the Shire-folk. For this reason Frodo Baggins chose this route when setting out on his quest in The Fellowship of the Ring. Upon beholding the road in daylight, Frodo was reminded of when he had previously rambled along the road with Bilbo, and Bilbo singing his enigmatic poem The Road Goes Ever On.
But Frodo's choice of the Stock Road was much more fortunate than a stroll down memory lane. For on this road he met Gildor and a party of Elves on pilgrimage; this enabled Frodo to evade the Black Riders who were in close pursuit of the One Ring he was carrying.
After the War of the Ring, Frodo again met a procession of High Elves on the Stock Road: Galadriel, Elrond, Gildor again, and many others. Frodo joined them on their journey to the Grey Havens and their final departure from Middle-earth.
A track through the northern part of Mirkwood in Wilderland. Constructed by the Mirkwood Elves, it ran from the Elvenking's halls on the east of Mirkwood to the Forest Gate on the western eaves. Where the path crossed the Enchanted River, a small boat was moored to enable the river to be crossed safely. It's not clear why the elves took the trouble to make this rarely used path all the way across Mirkwood.
On the advice of Beorn, Thorin Oakenshield and his company of Dwarves and Bilbo Baggins took this route on their quest in The Hobbit. The film adaption The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug depicts the path as rather more circuitous and less gloomy than in the book.
The main road associated with the Morgul Pass, which was the only way over the Mountains of Shadow into Mordor. The Morgul-road, also known as the Morgul-way and the wraith-road, commenced in Osgiliath on the east banks of the Anduin, led through the Cross-roads to Minas Morgul, and eventually passed near the Tower of Cirith Ungol at the top of the Pass, then it led down over the Morgai and onto the plains of Gorgoroth. On the western side of the mountains it more or less followed the course of the Morgulduin.
The only alternative route over the Morgul Pass was via the Stairs of Cirith Ungol, but that path was only viable for pedestrians, and only those prepared to brave Shelob (or ignorant of her).
Most if not all of this road had originally been constructed by the Númenoreans of Gondor, but their name for it is not known. It acquired an evil ambience (reported by Frodo Baggins) and the names Morgul-road etc. after Minas Ithil was captured by the Nazgûl and renamed Minas Morgul.
Frodo took the One Ring along part of the road in The Lord of the Rings, but by-passed most of it by taking the Stairs of Cirith Ungol.
Paths of the Dead
The road was constructed by Sauron (or rather his slaves) to facilitate his schemes, and, despite frequent eruptions by Mount Doom, was kept fully maintained and repaired. Ironically this contributed to the success of Frodo Baggins's quest in The Lord of the Rings.
The Elven-way was a paved highway that had facilitated the great trade between the Dwarf-kingdom of Khazad-dûm and the Elf-kingdom of Eregion. It ran from the Doors of Durin, then down along the north bank of the Sirannon, and headed to Ost-in-Edhil (the capital of Eregion).
The collaboration between the two kingdoms, as well as the ancient Dwarf tradition of road-building, together indicate that the Dwarves contributed significantly to the construction of the Elven-way.
No other roads led west from Moria.
Stair of the Hold
A steep road which snaked up the lower face of the White Mountains. It ran from the Harrowdale at the bottom and led up to the Hold of Dunharrow at the top. The Hold was a readily defendable location in which a large number of men and horses could find refuge. The Hold contained the grassy Firienfeld, the Dimholt woods and the Door to the Paths of the Dead, which was a subterranean passage which led underneath the Dwimorberg and right through to the other side of the White Mountains.
The Stair of the Hold had been constructed by a lost civilization of Men in the Dark Years of the Second Age (before the Númenoreans established Gondor). Huge mysterious statues were placed at each turning of the Stair-road. These statues were known as Púkel-men by the Rohirrim, who settled the area long after the builders had vanished. The builders were related to the Dead Men of Dunharrow, and they also had strong links to the ancient Woses, in whose likeness the Púkel-men had been crafted.
- Rivers of Middle-earth
- The Straight Road, the path by which Elven ships travel to Aman
- The Lost Road and Other Writings
- The Road Goes Ever On
- The Road to Middle-earth
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- J. R. R. Tolkien (1980), Unfinished Tales, George Allen & Unwin, part 3 ch I 'The Disaster of the Gladden Fields, p. 278 endnote 6, together with Appendix on Númenórean Linear Measures, p.285; ISBN 0-04-823179-7. The metric equivalent is 560 km.
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- The Adventures of Tom Bombadil also mentions the road.