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Dwarf-road to Menegroth, The

Type: Roads, Lanes, Ways

Region: Beleriand & North

Other Names (The name "Dwarf-road" was also used for the Old Forest Road in Rhovanion during the Third Age.)

Location: A First Age road from the Dwarven cities in the Blue Mountains west into East Beleriand and thence to Doriath.

Description: Few of the Eldar went ever to Nogrod and Belegost, ... but the Dwarves trafficked into Beleriand, and they made a great road that passed under the shoulders of Mount Dolmed and followed the course of the River Ascar, crossing Gelion at Sarn Athrad, the Ford of Stones, where battle after befell. Ever cool was the friendship between the Naugrim and the Eldar, though much profit they had one of the other; but at that time those griefs that lay between them had not yet come to pass, and King Thingol welcomed them.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 10, Of the Sindar

... when the Dwarves of Nogrod, returning from Menegroth ... came again to Sarn Athrad, they were assailed by unseen enemies; for as they climbed up Gelion's banks burdened with the spoils of Doriath, suddenly all the woods were filled with the sound of elven-horns, and shafts sped upon them from every side. ... some escaping from the ambush ... fled eastwards towards the mountains. And as they climbed the long slopes beneath Mount Dolmed there came forth the Shepherds of the Trees, and they drove the Dwarves into the shadowy woods of Ered Lindon: whence, it is said, came never one to climb the high passes that led to their homes.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 22, Of the Ruin of Doriath

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 17Jan05

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