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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 around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Albanian Guri i Erech
Finnish Erechin kivi
French Pierre d'Erech
German Stein von Erech
Italian Pietra d'Erech
Polish Głaz na 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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