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Dates
Built by the Gondorians early in the history of their realm (c. II 3320); known as the Hornburg after the time of Helm Hammerhand (died III 2759)1
Location
On the Hornrock, guarding the entrance to Helm's Deep in the northern White Mountains
Origins
Constructed by the early Gondorians
Race
Divisions
Originally Dúnedain, later Northmen
Cultures
Originally Gondorians, later Rohirrim
Pronunciation
ho'rnburg
Meaning
'Fortress of the horn' (a reference to the horn of Helm Hammerhand)
Other names

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  • Updated 7 April 2013
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Hornburg

The castle that guarded Helm’s Deep

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The castle that stood in the Deeping-coomb in northern Rohan, and guarded the entrance to Helm's Deep.


Notes

1

The timeline for this entry shows the period when this fortress was known as the Hornburg, a period which encompasses the last centuries of the Third Age. The fortress itself was far older, and had stood for nearly three thousand years before Helm's time.

2

We don't have a specific name used for the Hornburg before the coming of the Rohirrim. References to it before that time simply use the name 'fortress of Aglarond'.

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