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Rammas Echor (or the Rammas) was a great ancient wall surrounding Minas Tirith and enclosing the Pelennor Fields. The northern gate on the Great West Road was called Forannest.

History and description

The Rammas Echor functioned as Minas Tirith's second line of defense, the first being the Anduin. First built after the fall of Minas Ithil, the wall was repaired prior to the War of the Ring by Denethor II, the work being completed only a few days before the Witch-king of Angmar attacked.

The Rammas followed an almost elliptical course, being further from Minas Tirith in some places than others. It was furthest from the city at the point where the highway to Osgiliath entered, and was strengthened there by the Causeway Forts. Gandalf and Peregrin Took passed through Forannest before the Siege of Gondor, the gate being under the command of Ingold.[1]

When the Witch-king's forces attacked, the Rammas was soon breached in many places, and its defenders, too few to hold such a long fortification, were killed or fled back to the city. After overrunning the Pelennor Fields, the Witch-king's soldiers failed to guard the Rammas against any allies of Gondor who might arrive, and so the Rohirrim were able to enter the Pelennor Fields without significant opposition.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

The video game The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King depicts a gate of a wall in the level "The Southern Gate".

The full extent of the Rammas Echor

Etymology

Rammas Echor is Sindarin for 'Great wall' or 'Great wall circle'.

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ራምስ ዐክሆር
Arabic راماس ايسور
Armenian Րամմաս Էխոր
Belarusian Cyrillic Раммас Экор
Bengali রামমাস একর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Рамас Ехор
Danish Rammas Echor (Den Store Ringmur)
Georgian რამას ეხორი
Greek Ραμμας Έκορ
Gujarati રામમાસ ઇકોર
Hebrew ראמאס אכור
Hindi राममास एकोर
Japanese ラマ エコー
Kannada ರಾಮಾಸ್ ಎಕೋರ್
Kazakh Раммас Екор (Cyrillic) Rammas Ekor (Latin)
Korean 램머 에코
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Раммас Экор
Macedonian Cyrillic Раммас Ехор
Marathi रॅमास एकोर
Mongolian Cyrillic Раммас Экор
Nepalese रम्मास ईकोर
Punjabi ਰਮਾਸ ਏਕੋਰ
Russian Раммас Эхор
Sinhalese රම්මාස් එකෝර්
Tajik Cyrillic Раммас Экор
Tamil ராம்மாஸ் எக்கோர்
Telugu రామ్మస్ ఎకోర్
Urdu رامماس ایچاور
Yiddish ראַממאַס עקהאָר

References

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