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The Blackroot Vale was a grassland valley in southern Gondor and at the feet of the White Mountains.

History

The Blackroot Vale was inhabited by a people renowned for their archery skills. 500 of these archers participated in Battle of the Pelennor Fields in which their lord Duinhir lost both his sons, Derufin and Duilin, who were trampled upon by the Mumakil.[1][2][3]

Through the valley flowed the river Blackroot or Morthond. Above the source of the Blackroot lies the secret exit to the Paths of the Dead used by Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas and the Grey Company.[4] From there they rode to the Stone of Erech at the mouth of the Blackroot Vale where Aragorn summoned the Oathbreakers.

Etymology

In Sindarin the Blackroot Vale is called Mornan. Carl F. Hostetter suggested that Mornan can be broken down into mor: dark and nan: valley.

References

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter l: "Minas Tirith"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter VI: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter VI: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), " The Third Age"
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