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Dates
Extant during the later Third Age1
Location
In Harrowdale, beneath the refuge of Dunharrow
Race
Division
Culture
Meaning
'Beneath the temple'2

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Underharrow

A hamlet on the river Snowbourn

Map of Underharrow
Underharrow beneath Dunharrow (somewhat conjectural)3
Underharrow beneath Dunharrow (somewhat conjectural)3

A small village that lay among the White Mountains to the south of Edoras, far up the valley of the river Snowbourn. It stood beneath the hidden refuge of Dunharrow, and it was from Dunharrow that it took its name: Dunharrow means 'hill temple' (a reference to its ancient use by the Men of the Mountains) and so Underharrow means 'beneath the temple'.


Notes

1

Underharrow was within Rohan, and therefore likely established by the Rohirrim, which would date its foundation to sometime after the settlement of Rohan in III 2510. However, the nearby Hold of Dunharrow was very considerably older than Rohan, and it is at least conceivable that the settlement at Underharrow had also existed before the arrival of the Rohirrim.

2

Harrow is an old word for a temple, and here refers to Dunharrow, the ancient temple that stood on a cliff overlooking the village of Underharrow. That is, Dunharrow had been a temple when it was built by the Men of the Mountains, but to the Rohirrim in the Third Age, it was a secure refuge and encampment among the White Mountains.

3

No map shows precisely where Underharrow lay (nor the hamlet of Upbourn nearer the mouth of the valley). We do know, however, that lay it lay within Harrowdale, and close to the hold of Dunharrow (hence its name) and so it must have been relatively close to the point shown on the map for this entry.

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