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Dates
Raised after the fall of Folcred and Fastred in III 2885
Location
On the banks of Poros above the Crossings of the river
Origins
Raised by the Rohirrim as a burial mound for the twin sons of King Folcwine
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Outflow
The river Poros flowed past the mound and on into Anduin above its Mouths
Pronunciation
how'th een gwanoo'r ('ow' as in English 'now', 'th' as in English 'these')
Meaning
'Mound of the twin brothers'1

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Haudh in Gwanûr

The grave-mound of Folcred and Fastred

Map of the Haudh in Gwanur
The mound of the Haudh in Gwanûr (slightly conjectural)2
The mound of the Haudh in Gwanûr (slightly conjectural)2

The mound raised on the banks of the Poros by the Men of Rohan to entomb their lords Folcred and Fastred, twin sons of Folcwine slain in battle with Harad.


Notes

1

The Sindarin word gwanur derived from elements that combined to literally mean 'born together', and were normally applied to family relations. In The Etymologies in volume 5 of The History of Middle-earth the word is defined simply as 'brother', but in later notes (in Quendi and Eldar in volume 11) the meaning seems to have shifted to 'twin'. Folcred and Fastred were twin brothers, so either meaning might apply in the case of Haudh in Gwanûr.

2

While we know that the Haudh stood at the Crossings of Poros, we're not told exactly where it stood in relation to the Crossings, nor is it shown on any map. A comment in Appendix A to The Lord of the Rings places it 'high upon the shore of the river', and accordingly the map above places it in the higher land we know ran eastward from the Crossings, though this location is necessarily speculative.

See also...

Fastred, Fords of Poros

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