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Great Road

The East-West Road of Eriador

The broad and ancient road that ran for leagues from the Blue Mountains eastward into Eriador and on to the foothills of the Misty Mountains. The Shire grew up along part of its length, and it became the main road of the Shire-hobbits, but the road itself had been in place long before the first Hobbit set foot in that land. At Bree, it met and crossed the road coming north from Gondor and the Southlands, which is also occasionally referred to as the 'Great Road'.

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