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Hornrock, The

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Rohan

Other Names the Rock

Location: A promontory of rock jutting out from the Thrihyrne mountain southward into Helm's Gate, the entrance to the Helm's Deep ravine; the foundation upon which the fortress of the Hornburg stands.

Description: At Helm's Gate, before the mouth of the Deep, there was a heel of rock thrust outward by the northern cliff. There upon its spur stood high walls of ancient stone ... The Hornburg it was called.... A wall, too, the men of old had made from the Hornburg to the southern cliff, barring the entrance to the gorge. Beneath it by a wide culvert the Deeping-stream passed out. About the feet of the Hornrock it wound, and flowed then in a gully through the midst of a wide green gore, sloping gently down from Helm's Gate to Helm's Dike. Thence it fell into the Deeping-coomb and out into the Westfold Vale.

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

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 7Jan05

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