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House of the Kings (Tomb)

Type: Buildings, Halls, Houses

Region: Gondor

Other Names
Tombs of the Kings
Houses of the Dead

Location: The mausoleum containing the remains of the Kings of Gondor, located on Rath Dínen, the Hallows of Minas Tirith.

Description:

[The] narrow shoulder that joined the Hill of Guard to [Mindolluin]..., which rose to the height of the fifth wall, was hedged with great ramparts right up to the precipice that overhung its western end; and in that space stood the houses and domed tombs of bygone kings and lords, for ever silent....

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith

Kings made tombs more splendid than houses of the living...

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 5, The Window on the West

[The] crown of Elendil lay in the lap of King Eärnil in the Houses of the Dead, where Eärnur had left it.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

Then going to the House of the Kings in the Silent Street, Aragorn laid him down on the long bed that had been prepared for him....

"Lady Undómiel," said Aragorn,... "[To] me has been given not only a span thrice that of Men of Middle-earth, but also the grace to go at my will, and give back the gift. Now, therefore, I will sleep."

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Here Follows a Part of The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

It is said that the beds of Meriadoc and Peregrin were set beside the bed of the great king.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring

...Rath Dínen, the Silent Street, leading down from the Citadel to the Tombs of the Kings....

Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 4, The History of Galadriel and Celeborn: Notes, Note 16

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 1Dec04, 13Dec04, 21Apr05, 26Jan08

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