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West-gate of Bree

Type: Fortresses, Towers, Defenses

Region: Bree/The Shire

Location: The guarded western entrance to the village of Bree, on the Great East-West Road slightly east of where it crosses the Greenway; the main entrance for travellers on either road.

Description:

The village of Bree had some hundred stone houses..., nestling on the hillside with windows looking west. On that side, running in more than half a circle from the hill and back to it, there was a deep dike with a thick hedge on the inner side. Over this the Road crossed by a causeway; but where it pierced the hedge it was barred by a great gate.... The gates were closed at nightfall; but just inside them were small lodges for the gatekeepers.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 9, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

It was dark..., when Frodo and his companions came at last to the Greenway-crossing and drew near the village. They came to the West-gate and found it shut, but at the door of the lodge beyond it, there was a man sitting. He jumped up and fetched a lantern and looked over the gate at them in surprise.

'What do you want, and where do you come from?' he asked gruffly.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 9, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

As soon as [the gatekeeper's] back was turned, a dark figure climbed quickly in over the gate and melted into the shadows of the village street.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 9, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

'[The Black Riders] had words with Harry at West-gate on Monday. I was watching them. He was white and shaking when they left him.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 10, Strider

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 14Mar08

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