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Norbury of the Kings

Fornost on the North Downs

The ancient city of the Kings of Arthedain, at the southern end of the North Downs, far to the north of the Shire. 'Norbury' was its name to the Hobbits, a translation of the original Elvish name Fornost, 'northern fortress'. It was also sometimes referred to as Kings' Norbury. Some four centuries after the Shire was founded, the last King was driven out of Norbury, and by the time of the War of the Ring, it was nothing more than an overgrown ruin (commonly referred to as 'Deadmen's Dike'). After the War, though, the new King Aragorn Elessar came north and refounded the city of his ancestors.


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