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Meduseld, also known as the Golden Hall, was the great hall built in Edoras, the capital of Rohan.

History Edit

After the Éothéod had settled in Rohan, the Second King of Rohan, Brego son of Eorl, began building a great hall on top of the hill of Edoras. It was completed in the year TA 2569.[1]

In the late Third Age, Meduseld was the home of King Théoden. Háma was its doorward up until March 3019, when he perished in the Battle of the Hornburg. Earlier in that month, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli arrived at the Golden Hall, where Gandalf freed Théoden from the foul influence of Gríma Wormtongue.[2]

Description Edit

The Golden Hall

Meduseld as it appears in Peter Jackson's The Two Towers, with the White Mountains visible in the background

Meduseld was a large hall with a straw roof, which made it appear as if it was made out of gold when seen from far off. Its walls were richly decorated with tapestries depicting the history and legends of the Rohirrim, and it served as a house for the King and his kin, a meeting hall for the King and his advisers, and a party hall.

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

Meduseld appears in both the second and third films in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy, where it is portrayed similarly to its description in Tolkien's writings.

Behind the scenes Edit

The word Maeduselde, in the Anglo-Saxon language, means mead-hall. In many ways Meduseld is inspired by Anglo-Saxon poetry, particularly Beowulf, which contains the mead-hall Heorot. The description of "the light of it shines far across the land" is one of the lines from this poem.

Meduseld and Edoras itself may have partially inspired the creation and design of the settlement of Whiterun and the Dragonsreach Hall a top of Whiterun in the video game The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.

References Edit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Ch. VI: "The King of the Golden Hall"
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