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.
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 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.
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.
|Kazakh||Дұнһарроу (Cyrillic) Dunharrow (Latin)|
|Portuguese||Templo da Colina (Brazil)
Fano da Colina (Portugal)
|Serbian||Дунхароу (Cyrillic) Dunharou (Latin)|
- The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. III: "The Muster of Rohan"
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Dunharrow"
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers, II. "The House of Eorl"
- The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. II: "The Passing of the Grey Company"