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The Great East Road stretched from the Grey Havens, through the Shire and Bree to Rivendell, and eastward over the Misty Mountains even through Mirkwood.

HistoryEdit

The Great East Road was originally laid by the Dwarves during the First Age before the first rising of the Sun, and ran from the Iron Hills through Rhovanion to Khazad-dûm, from which it continued across Eriador to the Blue Mountains, and then on into Doriath in Beleriand. The western parts 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 dwarfs of Nogrod ended their trade.[citation needed]
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The Great East Road meets the Greenway just outside Bree, as seen in The Lord of the Rings Online

First AgeEdit

After the First Age, and the ruination of Nogrod and neighbouring Belegost, focus shifted to the eastern part of the ancient road, which 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 traveled through Mirkwood to their gates became widely known. On the western side of the Misty Mountains, after traversing the High Pass, the road continued to the Blue Mountains, and this part ultimately became known as the Men-i-Naugrimor ("Old Dwarf Road"). When the Númenórean realm in exile of Arnor was founded, the Arnorians took over the maintenance of the Men-i-Naugrim, and built several fortresses on or near it (including Weathertop), and expanded or created bridges over the rivers Brandywine and Mitheithel. After Arnor was divided in TA 861, the Great East Road formed the boundary between two of its successor states, Cardolan and Rhudaur.[citation needed]

Third AgeEdit

By the time of the War of the Ring in the late Third Age, where the Great East Road met the Greenway lay the ancient village of Bree. A days ride east lay The Forsaken Inn, beyond which lay Rivendell. West of the crossroads the hobbits had colonized the Shire, and their most important towns lay athwart the East Road; (Hobbiton and Michel Delving to name two).[citation needed]

AftermathEdit

After the War of the Ring, sections of the road that ran through the Shire would have been off-limits to Men, under a proclamation of King Elessar.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Groot Oos Pad
Albanian Rruga e Madhe lindore
Arabic الطريق الشرقي العظيم
Armenian Մեծ Արեւելյան ճանապարհը
Azerbaijani Böyük şərq yolu
Basque Ekialdeko errepide bikaina
Belarusian Cyrillic Вялікі Усход дарога
Bengali গ্রেট ইস্ট রোড
Bosnian Veliki istok ceste
Bulgarian Cyrillic Велик Източен път
Cambodian ផ្លូវខាងកើតដ៏អស្ចារ្យ
Catalan Gran Orient Carretera
Cebuano Maayo sidlakan dalan
Chinese 伟大的东路
Croatian Velika istočna cesta
Czech Velká východní silnice
Danish Stor Øst Vej
Dutch Oude Oosterweg
Esperanto Granda orienta Vojo
Estonian Suur Ida Tee
Filipino Dakilang Silangan Daan
Finnish Suuri itäinen tie
French Grande route de l'est
Galician Gran estrada ao leste
Georgian დიდი აღმოსავლეთი გზა
German Große Oststraße
Greek Μεγάλη Ανατολική Οδό
Gujarati ગ્રેટ ઇસ્ટ રોડ
Hebrew כביש מזרחי גדול
Hindi महान पूर्वी सड़क
Hungarian Nagy Keleti út
Icelandic Frábær austurvegur
Indonesian Jalan timur yang bagus
Italian Grande Strada Orientale
Japanese グレートイーストロード
Javanese Agung Wetan dalan
Kannada ಗ್ರೇಟ್ ಈಸ್ಟ್ ರೋಡ್
Kazakh Ұлы Шығыс жолы (Cyrillic) Ulı Şığıs jolı (Latin)
Korean 위대한 동쪽 도로
Kurdish Mezin Rohilat Rê (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Улуу Чыгыш жол
Latin Magnam viam orientalem
Latvian Lielais Austrumu Ceļš
Lithuanian Puikus rytinio kelio
Macedonian Cyrillic Велики Источен Пат
Malaysian Jalan besar Timur
Maltese Triq il-lvant kbira
Marathi महान पूर्वेकडील रस्ता
Mongolian Cyrillic Агуу их Зүүн Зам
Norwegian Flott Østvei
Persian جاده شرق بزرگ
Polish Wschodni Gościniec
Portuguese Grande estrada do leste
Punjabi ਮਹਾਨ ਪੂਰਵੀ ਸੜਕ
Romanian Drumul Mare de Est
Russian Великая Восточная дорога
Serbian Сјајно Исток Пут (Cyrillic) Sjajno Istok Put (Latin)
Slovak Veľká Východná cesta
Slovenian Velika Vzhodna cesta
Spanish Gran camino al este
Swahili Barabara kuu Mashariki
Swedish Stor Öst Väg
Tajik Cyrillic роҳҳои бузурги шарқӣ
Tamil பெரிய கிழக்கு சாலை
Telugu గ్రేట్ ఈస్ట్ రోడ్
Thai ถนนสายตะวันออกที่ดี
Turkish Büyük Doğu Yolu
Ukrainian Cyrillic Велика Східна дорога
Urdu عظیم مشرق روڈ
Uzbek Буюк Чарқ йўли (Cyrillic) Buyuk Sharq yo'li (Latin)
Vietnamese Đường lớn phía đông
Welsh Ffordd Dwyrain Mawr
Yiddish גרויס מזרח וועג