"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 was the capital city of Rohan.


The city of 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.

It was here that Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and Gandalf met with King Théoden in the year TA 3019.[1]


Front-gate of Edoras

The city's front 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 the city on its way west towards the Entwash. As Rohan consisted of mostly small villages and farmsteads, Edoras was the location most like a city within the nation's borders, and held the Golden Hall of Meduseld.

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 BFME
Edoras as it appears in BFME
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Edoras as drawn by Alan Lee
EDORAS location map in middle earth
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. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter VI: "The King of the Golden Hall"
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