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North Stair

The great steps of the Falls of Rauros

One of the wonders created by the early Gondorians, a flight of stone steps in the north of their realm that led from the flats of the Nindalf up beside the Falls of Rauros to the shores of Nen Hithoel and the hills of the Emyn Muil far above. It was by the North Stair that travellers on the Great River were able continue their journey past the great waterfall, and those going northward could reach the hills of Amon Hen and Amon Lhaw and the Argonath beyond.

The exact geography of the North Stair is not established with certainty, but it most likely climbed to the the west of Rauros, reaching the foot of Amon Hen. It seems that Aragorn at one time intended to lead the Fellowship of the Ring down the Stair towards Minas Tirith, though in the event his plans were overturned by the breaking of the Fellowship.

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