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Great East Road
Background Information
Type Road
Location Grey Havens to Rivendell
Realms Dwarves/Reunited Kingdom
Founded/Built First Age
Other Information
Other names
Spoken Languages Westron
Lifespan First Age to Third Age

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


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, 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.


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-Dum in the Misty Mountains. Khazad-Dum'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. On the western side of the Misty Mountains, after traversing the High Pass, the road continued to the Ered Luin, 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 Baranduin 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.

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).


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.

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