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Eastfold

Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands

Region: Rohan

Other Names the East Dales

Location: The geographical region of Rohan along the north slopes of the White Mountains east of the Folde.

Description:

Eastfold A part of Rohan on the northern slopes of Ered Nimrais, east of Edoras.

Unfinished Tales, Index

The Folde was the centre of the kingdom...; its boundary eastward was roughly a line south-west from the junction of the Snowbourn and Entwash to the mountains; the Eastfold was the land from that line east to the Fenmark1 between Entwash and the mountains....

"Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
from A Tolkien Compass, compiled by Jared Lobdell
Chicago: Open Court Pub Co, June 1975

'From the hills in the Eastfold of your realm I saw it rise and creep across the sky, and all night as I rode it came behind eating up the stars. Now the great cloud hangs over all the land between here and the Mountains of Shadow....'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 3, The Muster of Rohan


Etymology
This is Old English folde (Old Norse fold) 'earth, land, country', not connected either with the English verb fold, or with (sheep)fold. Compare Vestfold and Østfold in Norway.

"Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
from A Tolkien Compass, compiled by Jared Lobdell
Chicago: Open Court Pub Co, June 1975


Notes
1   Called Fenmarch in the canon texts.

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 22Dec04, 28Dec04, 30Oct07

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