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East-West Road

The road that crossed Eriador from the Mountains to the Sea

Map of the East-West Road
The route of the East-West Road1

A name for the long road that ran east to west through Eriador, and crossed the Greenway at Bree. More commonly called simply the East Road.



While it's established that the East-West Road ran as far westwards as the Grey Havens on the Gulf of Lune, we do not have details of its route after it left the Westfarthing of the Shire. The conjectural route shown by a dashed line includes a speculative detour to the Tower Hills, a place of importance to both the Elves of Lindon and the Dúnedain of Arnor.

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