- "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
It was here that Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and Gandalf met with King Théoden in the year TA 3019. 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.
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
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.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kazakh||Едорас (Cyrillic) Edoras (Latin)|
|Serbian||Едорас (Cyrillic) Edoras (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Едорас (Cyrillic) Edoras (Latin)|