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Stone of Erech

As seen in The Lord of the Rings Online

The Stone of Erech, also known as Black Stone, was the only standing stone where the king of the mountains swore an oath to Isildur. It was depicted as being large, having possessing some six feet in radius and seemed to be spherical in shape -- half of it was underground at the time of the oath. The other half that was visible/above ground was made out to be as tall as a man. It was located on the Hill of Erech, south of the White Mountains in Gondor.[1]

History

The hill of Erech was located in Gondor, at the beginning of the Blackroot Vale in the White Mountains. The head of the Blackroot Vale was where the entrance to the Paths of the Dead was located. The stone was brought to the hill of Erech by Isildur, who rescued it from the sinking of Númenor.

In the very early days of Gondor, the king of the men who lived in the White Mountains swore an oath of allegiance to Isildur on the Stone of Erech. This oath was betrayed when Isildur called upon them to fight Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance. That caused Isildur to curse them to remain undead until they had fulfilled their oath. They haunted the Paths of the Dead for more than 3000 years.

It was on the Stone of Erech that Aragorn called on the King of the Dead, and the other accursed, to fulfill their oaths so that they could rest in peace. This occurred at midnight. The Oathbreakers helped Aragorn take over the ships of Sauron's allies from the south. They were finally put to rest by Aragorn, for finally fulfilling their oath.[2][3]

Portrayal in adaptations

The computer game The Lord of the Rings Online, the Lord of the Rings Minecraft mod, and the Last Days of the Third Age Mount and Blade: Warband mod are the only adaptations that depict the Stone of Erech.

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Steen van Erech
Albanian Guri i Erech
Arabic حجر ىريچه
Armenian Էրեչ Քարը
Azerbaijani Erech Daşı
Basque Erech harria
Belarusian Cyrillic Камень Эрэха
Bengali এরেক প্রস্তর
Bosnian Kamen Erecha
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ерехски камък
Catalan Pedra de Erech
Cebuano Bato sa Erech
Chinese 埃雷奇石
Croatian Kamen iz Erech
Czech Kámen Erech
Danish Erechsten
Dutch Steen van Erech
Esperanto Ŝtono de Erech
Estonian Erechi kivi
Fijian Vatu ni Erech
Filipino Bato ng Erech
Finnish Erechin kivi
French Pierre d'Erech
Frisian Stien fan Erech (Western)
Galician Pedra de Erech
Georgian ერეკ ქვა
German Stein von Erech
Greek Πέτρα του Έρεχ
Haitian Creole Ròc de Erech
Hebrew אבן ארך
Hindi एरेच का पत्थर
Hungarian Erech-i kő
Icelandic Erech-steinninn
Indonesian Batu Erech
Irish Gaelic Cloch Erech
Italian Pietra d'Erech
Japanese エレクの石
Kannada ಎರೆಕ್ನ ಕಲ್ಲು
Korean 에레 크 돌
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Эрэц таш
Latvian Erech Akmens
Lithuanian Erech Akmuo
Luxembourgish Steen vun Erech
Macedonian Cyrillic Камен на Ерех
Malaysian Batu Erech
Marathi एरेकचा दगड
Maltese Ġebla tal-Erech
Mongolian Cyrillic Эреч чулуу
Norwegian Sconesteinen
Persian سنگ هرهچه
Polish Głaz na Erech
Portuguese Pedra da Erech
Romanian Piatră Erechului
Russian Камень Эреха
Scots Stane o Erech
Scottish Gaelic Clach na Erech
Serbian Камен из Ерек (Cyrillic) Kamen iz Erek (Latin)
Sinhalese එරෙක්හි ගල්
Slovak Kameň Erech
Slovenian Kamen Erech
Somalian Dhagaxa Erech
Spanish Piedra de Erech
Swahili Jiwe la Erech
Swedish Erechstenen
Tamil எரிச் கல்
Telugu ఎరేచ్ రాయి
Turkish Erech Taşı
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ерекий камінь
Uzbek Ереч Тош (Cyrillic) Erech Tosh (Latin)
Welsh Carreg Erech

References

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Dunharrow to the Morannon"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter II: "The Passing of the Gray Company"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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