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The Rath Dínen lead to the tombs of many of the nobles of Gondor, especially the Tombs of Kings. It was a road in the city of Minas Tirith and Mindolluin in Gondor.

Accessed from a doorway known as Fen Hollen on the sixth level of the city, the Rath Dínen was the hallowed road where the Kings and Stewards of Gondor constructed their ornate and expensive tombs, known as the Houses of the Dead.[1]

HistoryEdit

Rath Dínen was probably built after the city became associated with the rulers of Gondor. After the War of the Ring, the dead White Tree that had stood in the uppermost courtyard of the city was interred there, replaced with a new seedling found growing on the side of Mindolluin by Gandalf.

The Hobbits Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took were honoured with tombs in the Rath Dínen when they died, having spent their final years in Gondor in the company of King Aragorn II Elessar, who was interred there himself in FO 120.

EtymologyEdit

Rath Dínen is Sindarin for 'Silent Street'.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Minas Tirith"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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