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Mounds of Mundburg

The war-graves of Minas Tirith

"in the Mounds of Mundburg under mould they lie
with their league-fellows, lords of Gondor.
From the Song of the Mounds of Mundburg
The Return of the King V 6
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

The grave-mounds made for those who fell defending Minas Tirith during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Minas Tirith's name in the language of the Rohirrim was Mundburg (from Old English mundbeorg, 'protection-hill'), and so the graves became known as the Mounds of Mundburg among the people of Rohan. Exactly where the grave-mounds stood is open to question, though they likely lay on the very Fields of Pelennor where the battle had been fought.

The roll of the dead was a long one, including many lords of Gondor, but among the Rohirrim that lay in the Mounds were listed Déorwine, Dúnhere, Fastred, Grimbold, Guthláf, Harding, Herefara, Herubrand and Horn. Most famous of all the Rohirrim to fall in that battle was King Théoden himself, but he was not buried among the Mounds of Mundburg. Instead, his body was borne back to Edoras, and he was laid to rest among the Kings' mounds in the Barrowfield there.

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