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Deeping-road, The

Type: Roads, Lanes, Ways

Region: Rohan

Other Names
the road from the Hornburg
the road from Helm's Deep

Location: A branch road leading southward from the Great West Road to Helm's Deep and the fortress of the Hornburg.

Description: Elfhelm had been riding in haste along the horse-road from Edoras ... But near the junction of the horse-road with the road down from the Deeping his outriders on the right flank reported that two wolfriders had been seen abroad on the fields. Sensing that things were amiss, he did not turn aside to Helm's Deep for the night ... but rode with all speed towards the Fords. The horse-road turned north-west after its meeting with the Deeping-road....

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

There was neither star nor moon when the Riders came to the breach in the Dike, where the stream from above passed out, and the road beside it ran down from the Hornburg. ...

The host passed through the breach and halted on the sloping sward above. ...

Before the causeway that crossed the stream they dismounted. In a long file they led their horses up the ramp and passed within the gates of the Hornburg.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 7, Helm's Deep

The sun was already drawing near the hills upon the west of the Coomb, when at last Théoden and Gandalf and their companions rode down from the Dike. ...

The Riders came to the wood, and they halted.... The trees were grey and menacing, and a shadow or a mist was about them. ... But Gandalf went forward ... and where the road from the Hornburg met the trees they saw now an opening like an arched gate under mighty boughs; and through it Gandalf passed, and they followed him. Then to their amazement they found that the road ran on, and the Deeping-stream beside it; and the sky was open above ...

At last the company passed through the trees, and found that they had come to the bottom of the Coomb, where the road from Helm's Deep branched, going one way east to Edoras, and the other north to the Fords of Isen.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 8, The Road to Isengard

[Asked Legolas,] 'How far is it to Isengard, Gandalf?'

'About fifteen leagues, as the crows of Saruman make it.' said Gandalf: 'five from the mouth of Deeping-coomb to the Fords: and ten more from there to the gates of Isengard.'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 8, The Road to Isengard

The King was then at a point not far east of the junction of the Road with the branch going to the Hornburg. From there it was about ninety miles in a direct line to Isengard....

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 23Sep04, 8Jan05, 22Jan05

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