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Running west to east through Eriador
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It is assumed here that Old Road and East Road are synonymous - hence, for more complete information, refer to the entry for East Road, which is by far the more common term.


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  • Updated 16 January 1999
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Old Road

The road running east through Eriador

A name sometimes used for the East-West Road that lead through Eriador to Rivendell, and especially for its eastern reaches beyond the town of Bree.



The fact that the Road led to the Ford of Bruinen strongly suggests that it was made after the founding of Rivendell in the mid-Second Age. Its most likely construction date would be the first few centuries of the Third Age, at the time when Eriador was still under the united rule of Arnor, but there is no direct evidence for this.

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