Paths of the Dead
A tunnel that was haunted by the Oathbreakers of the mountain king. it was located at Dunharrow in Rohan. Aragorn passed through with the Grey Company, to call the Oathbreakers to the Stone of Erech to fullfil their oath and fight against Sauron.
|It is said that when the Eorlingas came out of the North and passed at length up the Snowbourn, seeking strong places of refuge in time of need, Brego and his son Baldor climbed the Stairs of the Hold and came before the Door. On the threshold sat an old man, aged beyond guess of years; tall and kingly he had been, but now he was withered as an old stone. Indeed for stone they took him, for he moved not, and he said no word, until they sought to pass him by and enter. And then a voice came out of him, as it were out of the ground, and to their amaze it spoke in the westeren tongue:The way is shut.
Then they halted and looked at him and saw that he lived still; but did not look at them. The way is shut,his voice said again. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The way is shut.
And when will that time be? said Baldor. But no answer ddid he ever get. For the old man died in that hour and fell upon his face; and no tidings of the ancient dwellers in the mountains have our folk ever learned. Yet maybe at last the time foretold has come, and Aragorn may pass.
|The Return of the King, The Muster of Rohan|