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Dunharrow at night, as depicted in Peter Jackson's The Return of the King

Dunharrow was a refuge of the Rohirrim hidden in the White Mountains in the vale of Harrowdale below the mountain Dwimorberg. It was fortified against attack by Rohan's enemies.


Dunharrow was a positioned on a clifftop overlooking Harrowdale, the valley of the river Snowbourn. The refuge could be reached by way of a winding path known as the Stair of the Hold. This path was lined with statues known as the Púkel-men, statues originally carved by the Men of the White Mountains, in the likeness of the Drúedain. The "Firienfeld", a large grassy area for the encampment of soldiers and refuge-seekers, preceded the stair. Large carved stones marked the entrance to the Dimholt forest, with a road leading to the Paths of the Dead.[1][2]

Upbourn and Underharrow lay north of Dunharrow, in the dale.


Dunharrow had been used as a refuge by the Middle Men of the White Mountains during the Second Age several centuries before Rohan, and was scouted by Brego and his son Baldor in the early years of the kingdom.

In TA 2759, during the War between Rohan and the Dunlendings, Rohirrim led by Fréaláf took shelter in Dunharrow during the Long Winter. From there Fréaláf led a successful raid to retake Edoras.

Later, in the year TA 2851, Brytta Léofa was slain by Orc refugees from the War of the Dwarves and Orcs while riding from Dunharrow.[3]

In TA 3019, during the War of the Ring, Aragorn, along with Legolas, Gimli, and the Grey Company, passed through Dunharrow on their way to the Paths of the Dead. After a Nazgûl passed over Edoras, Gandalf commanded that muster of Rohan be moved to Dunharrow. Having ridden by mountain paths, Théoden arrived two days later and stayed the night before riding for Minas Tirith.[4][1]


Dun is an English word for a dull grey-brown color, and a "harrow" is a farm implement used for leveling or stirring plowed soil.

Underharrow's name denotes 'under Dunharrow', as the hamlet was down the valley from Dunharrow.


ForeignLanguage Translated name
Amharic ዱንሃርሮው
Arabic دونهاروو
Armenian Դունհարրու
Basque Sagrarioa
Belarusian Cyrillic Дунhарроў
Bengali ডানহারেরও
Bulgarian Cyrillic Дунхаррощ
Burmese ဒန်းဟဲရိုး
Chinese 登哈洛
Chinese (Continental) 黑蛮祠
Danish Dysterharge
Dutch Dunharg
Finnish Dunharg
French Dunhart
Georgian დანჰრორო
German Dunharg
Greek Ντανχάρροου
Gujarati ડનહરો
Hebrew דונהארו
Hindi डुन्हर्रोव
Italian Fanclivo
Japanese 馬鍬砦
Kannada ಡುನ್ಹಾರ್ವ್
Kazakh Дұнһарроу (Cyrillic) Dunharrow (Latin)
Korean 던하 로우
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Дунhарроw
Laotian ດນຮະຣຣໂວ
Marathi डुन्हर्रोव
Mongolian Cyrillic Дунhарроү
Nepalese डुन्हर्रोव
Norwegian Dunhov
Persian دون‌هارو
Portuguese Templo da Colina (Brazil)

Fano da Colina (Portugal)

Punjabi ਡੁਨ੍ਹਰ੍ਰੋਵ
Russian Дунхарроу
Sanskrit डुन्हर्रोव्
Serbian Дунхароу (Cyrillic) Dunharou (Latin)
Sinhalese ඩන්හාරෝ
Spanish El Sagrario
Tamil துன்ஹர்ரோவ்
Telugu దుంహ్రరౌ
Thai ดันแฮโร่ว์
Ukrainian Cyrillic Дунхарроу
Urdu دنحرراوو
Yiddish דונהאַרראָוו


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. III: "The Muster of Rohan"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Dunharrow"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers, II. "The House of Eorl"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. II: "The Passing of the Grey Company"