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A raised pathway between Minas Tirith and Mount Mindolluin


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Rath Dínen

The Silent Street

Behind the Closed Door, Fen Hollen, in the sixth circle of Minas Tirith, lay a steep, winding pathway that led down beneath the shadow of Mindolluin to Rath Dínen, the Silent Street. This was the street that ran between the Houses of the Dead, where the great of Gondor, Kings and Stewards alike, were laid after death.

The Kings of Gondor were buried in mansions or domed tombs, and the Street was lined with images of those who lay there. The Stewards had a House apart from the tombs of the Kings, the House of Stewards, where Denethor perished in 3019 (Third Age).

When the seedling of the White Tree was found on the slopes of Mindolluin by Gandalf, the Dead Tree that had stood in the courts of Minas Tirith was laid in Rath Dínen, and the hobbits Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took, of the Company of the Ring, were also given a place there after their deaths, beside the tomb of King Aragorn Elessar.

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