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The Stone of Erech was placed here by Isildur in the late Second Age, probably in II 3320 or soon afterward
Near the head of the Morthond Vale, a wide valley on the southern side of the White Mountains
Erech stood below the source of the river Morthond
e'rech ('ch' as in German 'Bach')
A pre-Númenórean name of unknown meaning1
Other names


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The hill at the head of the Blackroot Vale

An ancient site at the feet of the White Mountains in Gondor, though it seems to have predated the foundation of that land. Erech was most famous for a huge Stone, said to have fallen from heaven (though in fact brought to Middle-earth by Isildur).



The meaning of the name Erech dated back to the time before the foundation of Gondor, and had long been forgotten by the end of the Third Age. Tolkien does note in his letters that he may have been influenced by the Elvish element er-, 'one, lone' in choosing the name, but the full meaning is lost to history. (See The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien No 297, dated 1967.)

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