Bridge of Tharbad

In the early years of the Two Kingdoms, Arnor and Gondor were connected by a great Royal Road that ran through the wide lands of Enedwaith, the wide, empty lands between the D├║nedain kingdoms. On the borders of Minhiriath, the land between the Baranduin and the Greyflood, the road crossed the Gwathl├│ at a place surrounded by fens and marshes. At the river crossing itself a Bridge was built, and a township was maintained ( Tharbad, meaning ‘cross-way’). Tharbad supported a garrison of soldiers and engineers to maintain the road and bridge in the treacherous landscape.

The Bridge and its roadway survived until the end of the second millennium of the Third Age. With the loss of the King of Arthedain to the north, and soon afterwards of Gondor to the south, Tharbad and its Bridge found themselves lost in an unruled wilderness, and soon fell into disrepair. By the end of the Third Age, the Bridge had long since collapsed to form a dangerous and difficult river-crossing: it was here that Boromir famously lost his horse as he journeyed northward in search of Rivendell.

Source: Encyclopedia of Arda

Bridge of Tharbad

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