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Harad Road

Harad Road was the long road that connected Ithilien and Harad.

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[edit] Course

It ran from the Cross-roads southward through Ithilien,[1][note 1] crossing the river Poros at the Crossings of Poros, and then across South Gondor to the ford across the river Harnen and beyond to the far lands of Harad.[2]

[edit] History

It is possible that the Road was built or first used by the Gondorians, as Gondor extended its power to the south in the early Third Age.[3]

The southernmost part of the Road is not clear,[2] perhaps indicating that in the later years, as Gondor's power diminished, it fell into disuse and had disappeared.[3]

Notes

  1. The road that runs from the Morannon to the Cross-roads and then on to the river Poros is unnamed on the General Map of Middle-earth, the Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor and on the map of The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age. On those maps only the part of the road between the river Poros and the river Harnen in South Gondor is named Harad Road. The part of the road that runs from the Cross-roads in Ithilien south towards the river Poros is named Harad Road on the unnamed map of the surroundings of Minas Tirith that was drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien during the writing of The Lord of the Rings, which is electronically labelled MINAS TIRITH on the Website of the Tolkien Estate.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unnamed map of the surroundings of Minas Tirith electronically labelled MINAS TIRITH by the Tolkien Estate", (accessed 21 June 2021)
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, General Map of Middle-earth
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Harad Road"