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The North-South Road passing through Enedwaith, as seen in The Lord of the Rings Online.

The North-South Road was part of the Royal Road linking Arnor and Gondor. The North-South Road was approximately 600 miles long. It ran between Fornost in the north and Isengard in the south. At the Fords of Isen, the North-South Road merged with the Great West Road.

HistoryEdit

The northern half of the North-South Road was in Eriador. From Fornost, the Road ran south to Bree. Outside the West-gate of Bree, the North-South Road intersected with the Great East Road. At this major crossroads was the inn called The Prancing Pony, where travellers brought news from the South as well as goods such as Pipe-weed, which first came to Bree and the Shire via the North-South Road.

The North-South Road then moved on through the narrow passage called the Andrath between the Barrow-downs and the South Downs. South of the Andrath, a road to the Shire branched off the North-South Road. The North-South Road then curved southeastward through the region of Minhiriath.

At the city of Tharbad, the Road crossed the River Greyflood on the southern border of Eriador. Originally, the Road went over the Bridge of Tharbad. On either side of the Bridge, the Road was built up on causeways to traverse the surrounding marshland. However, the Bridge was destroyed by floods in TA 2912 and all that remained was a dangerous ford.

The southern half of the North-South Road passed through Enedwaith, which at one time nominally belonged to Gondor but was essentially a borderland between Gondor and Arnor. East of the Road in Enedwaith was Dunland at the foot of the Misty Mountains.

At the southern end of the Misty Mountains, the North-South Road curved eastward through the Gap of Rohan and ended at the Fords of Isen. Just west of the Fords a road branched north to Isengard. East of the Fords was the Great West Road to Minas Tirith and Osgiliath.

Together the North-South Road and the Great West Road formed the Royal Road, or Great Road, which was the main route by land between Gondor and Arnor. The two Kingdoms were founded in 3320 of the Second Age. Each was responsible for maintaining their own stretch of the Road, and together they built and maintained the Bridge of Tharbad and its causeways.

After the Great Plague of TA 1636, Gondor and Arnor were considerably weakened and could no longer keep the Road and Bridge in repair. The North-kingdom fell in TA 1974 and Fornost at the northern end of the North-South Road was abandoned. The causeways near Tharbad eventually disintegrated and the marshes encroached on the Road. In the spring of TA 2912 after the Fell Winter, floods caused the Bridge to collapse.

Fewer and fewer travellers used the North-South Road and it became overgrown with grass, so that the people of Bree called it the Greenway. However, during the War of the Ring at the end of the Third Age, unwelcome travellers began to come up the North-South Road from the South. Some were honest refugees, but many were troublemakers, including agents of Saruman. Early in 3019, there was fighting in Bree, and the Shire was taken over by Saruman's agents.

The Hobbits expelled the Men from the Shire in the Battle of Bywater on November 3, and the Rangers of the North returned from the war and dealt with the other troublemakers. The North-kingdom was reestablished by Aragorn, King Elessar, and the North-South Road was open to travellers once more.[1][2] [3][4] [5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Names & EtymologyEdit

The North-South Road was called the Greenway in later years by the Bree-folk because it had become disused and overgrown with grass. It was sometimes called the North Road and the Old South Road.

The North-South Road and the Great West Road were collectively called the Royal Road or the Great Road. (Note that the Great East Road was also referred to as the Great Road.)

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Noord-Suid-Pad
Albanian Veri-Jug Rrugës
Amharic ሰሜን-ደቡብ መንገድ
Arabic طريق الشمال والجنوب
Armenian Հյուսիս-հարավ ճանապարհային
Azerbaijani Şimal-Cənub Yol
Basque Iparra-Hegoa Errepide
Belarusian Cyrillic Поўнач-Поўдзень-роўд
Bengali নর্থসাউথ রোড
Bosnian Cesta Sjever-Jug
Bulgarian Cyrillic Север-юг път
Burmese မြောက်ကိုရီးယား-တောင်ဘက်လမ်း
Cambodian កូរ៉េខាងជើងនិងខាងត្បូងផ្លូវ ?
Catalan Ruta Nord-Sud
Chinese 南北路
Corsican Nord-Sud Strada
Croatian Sjever-Jug Ceste
Czech Sever-Jih silnice
Danish Nord-Syd Vej
Dutch Noord-Zuid Weg
Esperanto Norda-Suda Vojo
Estonian Põhja-lõuna Maantee
Filipino Hilaga-Timog Kalsada
Finnish Pohjoinen-Etelä tie
French Nord-Sud Route
Frisian Noard-Súd Dyk
Galician Estrada Norte-Sur
Georgian ჩრდილოეთ-სამხრეთის გზა
German Nord-Süd-Straße
Greek Δρόμος Βορρά-Νότου
Gujarati ઉત્તર-દક્ષિણ રોડ
Haitian Creole Nò-Sid Wout
Hausa Arewa-Kudu Hanya
Hawaiian Akau-Hema Alanui
Hebrew כביש צפון-דרום
Hindi उत्तर-दक्षिण रोड
Hmong Sab qaum Teb-Sab qab teb Txoj kev
Hungarian Észak-Déli Közúti
Icelandic Norður-Suður Vegum
Indonesian Jalan Utara-Selatan
Italian Strada Nord-Sud
Japanese 北 - 南道
Javanese Lor-Iidul Dalan
Kannada ಉತ್ತರ-ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ರಸ್ತೆ
Kazakh Cyrillic Солтүстік-Оңтүстік жол
Korean 남북도
Kurdish باکور-باşوور رێ (Arabic script) Bakur-Başûr Rê (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Түндүк-Түштүк жол
Laotian ຖະຫນົນຫົນທາງພາກເຫນືອ, ພາກໃຕ້
Latin Septentrio-Meridiem Via
Latvian Ziemeļu-Dienvidu Ceļš
Lithuanian Šiaurės ir Pietų Kelių
Macedonian Cyrillic Север-Југ патот
Malagasy Avaratra-Atsimo Lalana
Malay Jalan raya Utara-Selatan
Malayalam ഉത്തര-ദക്ഷിണ റോഡ്
Maltese Tramuntana u n-Nofsinhar Triq
Marathi उत्तर-दक्षिण रोड
Mongolian Cyrillic Хойд-Өмнөд зам
Nepalese उत्तर-दक्षिण सडक
Norwegian Nord-Sør Veien
Persian شمال و جنوب جاده
Polish Droga północ-południe
Portuguese Rodovia Norte-Sul
Punjabi ਉੱਤਰੀ-ਦੱਖਣੀ ਰੋਡ
Romanian Rutier Nord-Sud
Russian Дорога Север-Юг
Scottish Gaelic Tuath-Dheas Rathad
Sindhi اتر-ڏکڻ روڊ
Sinhalese උතුරු-දකුණු පාර
Slovak Sever-Juh cestné
Slovenian Sever-jug v cestnem prometu
Somalian Waqooyi-Koonfur Wadada
Spanish Carretera norte-sur
Sudanese Jalan Kalér-Kidul
Swahili Kaskazini na Kusini Barabara
Swedish Nord-Syd Väg
Tajik Cyrillic Шимол-Ҷануб роҳ
Tamil வடக்கு-தெற்கு வீதி
Telugu నార్త్-సౌత్ రోడ్
Thai ถนนเหนือ - ใต้
Turkish Kuzey-Güney Yolu
Ukrainian Cyrillic Північ-Південь-роуд
Urdu شمال-جنوب کی روڈ
Uzbek Чимолий-Жанубий Йўл (Cyrillic) Shimoliy-Janubiy Yo'l (Latin)
Vietnamese Đường Bắc-Nam
Welsh Gogledd-De Ffordd
Yiddish צפֿון-דרום וועג
Yoruba Ariwa-Guusu Opopona

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, Prologue, II: "Concerning Pipe-weed"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter IX: "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter X: "Strider"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter III: "The Ring goes South"
  6. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VII: "Homeward Bound"
  7. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VIII: "The Scouring of the Shire"
  8. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien"
  9. Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, I: "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", Notes
  10. Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, IV: "The Hunt for the Ring"
  11. Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, V: "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  12. The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull: "Prologue"

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