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"I see a white stream that comes down from the snows", he said. "Where it issues from the shadow of the vale a green hill rises upon the east. A dike and mighty wall and thorny fence encircle it. Within there rise the roofs of houses; and in the midst, set upon a green terrace, there stands aloft a great hall of Men. And it seems to my eyes that it is thatched with gold. The light of it shines far over the land. Golden, too, are the posts of its doors."
Legolas, seeing Edoras from afar

Edoras (Rohirric for 'the courts'[1]) was the capital of Rohan. Built principally of wood, Edoras was also where Rohan's kings were buried, in two lines of Barrows just outside the main gate.


Edoras was built on a hill in a valley of the White Mountains by Rohan's second King, Brego son of Eorl the Young. Before this, Rohan's capital was at Aldburg in the Folde.

In TA 2758, Edoras was taken by Dunlendings led by Wulf, who ruled the city until the following year, when he was killed and the Dunlendings driven out by Fréaláf Hildeson.

It was here that Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and Gandalf met with King Théoden in the year TA 3019.[2] Whilst the Battle of the Hornburg was being fought the muster of Rohan began at Edoras, before it was moved to Dunharrow after Gandalf spotted a Nazgûl flying near the settlement.

Several months later, Elrond and Arwen parted at Edoras for the last time after a great feast in memory of Théoden.


The main gate, as seen at Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli's arrival

Edoras was built at the end of the valley of Harrowdale, which lay under the great mountain Starkhorn. The River Snowbourn flowed past Edoras on its way west towards the Entwash and was joined by a small stream with its source near the top of the hill. As Rohan consisted of mostly small villages and farmsteads, Edoras was the largest settlement and held the Golden Hall of Meduseld, the seat and residence of Rohan's kings. The Barrowfield, where Rohan's kings were entombed, lay outside the main gate.

Portrayal in adaptations

For Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, a fully realized set for Edoras was built on Mount Sunday in the upper reaches of the Rangitata Valley, near Erewhon.

Edoras in The Lord of the Rings Online

In The Lord of the Rings Online, Edoras, unlike many in-game settlements much smaller in size and prominence, is not considered a "capital" of its region. This is because early in the story Edoras is evacuated, with all inhabitants moving to Dunharrow, and for the majority of the game Edoras sits empty. Instead, Aldburg functions as the "capital settlement" of western Rohan, hosting the hub for swift travel and various player facilities.


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Edoras as it appears in BFME
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Edoras as drawn by Alan Lee
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Edoras' location on a map of Middle-earth


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዐዶራስ
Arabic إيدورس
Armenian Եդորաս
Belarusian Cyrillic Едорас
Bengali এদরাস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Едорас
Catalan Édoras
Georgian ედორასი
Greek Εδορασ
Gujarati ઍદોરસ
Hebrew אדוראס
Hindi एदोरस
Japanese エドラス
Kazakh Едорас (Cyrillic) Edoras (Latin)
Korean 에도라스
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Эдорас
Macedonian Cyrillic Едорас
Marathi एदोरस
Mongolian Cyrillic Едорас
Nepalese एदोरस
Pashto ېدوراس
Persian ادوراس
Russian Эдорас
Serbian Едорас (Cyrillic) Edoras (Latin)
Sinhalese ඒදොරස්
Tajik Cyrillic Едорас
Tamil ஏதொரஸ்
Telugu ఏదొరస
Thai เอโดรัส
Ukrainian Cyrillic Едорас
Urdu ادوراس
Uzbek Едорас (Cyrillic) Edoras (Latin)
Yiddish עדאָראַס


  1. Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", pg. 247
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter VI: "The King of the Golden Hall"