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Fen Hollen

Type: Other Constructions

Region: Gondor

Meaning: Closed Door

Other Names Steward's Door

Location: A locked and guarded gate on the sixth level of Minas Tirith opening to a pathway down to the Hallows, Rath Dínen.

Description:

Then they went on through the Citadel gate.... Turning westward they came at length to a door in the rearward wall of the sixth circle. Fen Hollen it was called, for it was kept ever shut save at times of funeral, and only the Lord of the City might use that way, or those who bore the token of the tombs and tended the houses of the dead. Beyond it went a winding road that descended in many curves down to the narrow land under the shadow of Mindolluin's precipice where stood the mansions of the dead Kings and of their Stewards.

A porter sat in a little house beside the way.... At the Lord's command he unlocked the door, and silently it swung back; and they passed through, taking the lantern from his hand. It was dark on the climbing road between ancient walls and many-pillared balusters looming in the swaying lantern-beam. Their slow feet echoed as they walked down, down, until at last they came to the Silent Street, Rath Dínen....

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

They... hastened along the road to the Closed Door. It stood wide open, and the porter lay before it. He was slain and his key had been taken....

At length they came back to the Steward's Door, and Beregond looked with grief at the porter. 'This deed I shall ever rue,'.... Then taking the key that he had wrested from the slain man he closed the door and locked it.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 7, The Pyre of Denethor

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 6Sep04

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