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H of Middle Earth
H of Middle Earth

H of Middle Earth


Halbarad - Kinsman of Aragorn

A Ranger of the Northlands. He rode to the aid of his kinsman Aragorn during the War of the Ring, and met his death in the Battle of the Pelennor

Háma - The doorward of Théoden

The doorward of Théoden and captain of the King's guard of Rohan. He fell in the Battle of the Hornburg during the War of the Ring.

Harfoots - Most common of the three ancient Hobbit-strains

The smallest and most common of the three original Hobbit-strains, who entered Eriador a century before the Fallohides or Stoors.

Hasufel - The horse of Rohan that bore Aragorn

The grey-coated steed of Gárulf of Rohan. After the loss of his master in battle, Hasufel was lent by Éomer to Aragorn when they met in the northern fields of Rohan. The hardy creature saw many adventures, including the Battle of the Hornburg, before Aragorn was brought his own horse, Roheryn, by the Rangers of the North.

High Elves - The Elves of Valinor

The Three Kindreds of the Elves who journeyed to Valinor; the Vanyar, the Noldor and those of the Teleri who did not remain in Beleriand. Of these, the Vanyar and Teleri remained there, but many of the Noldor returned to Middle-earth at the beginning of the First Age, and some of these remained at the time of the War of the Ring.

Hirgon - The bearer of the Red Arrow

An emissary of Gondor, who brought the Red Arrow to Théoden at Harrowdale, in token of Gondor's desperate need for help from its old allies. Riding back eastward to his Lord, Denethor, Hirgon and his companion encountered Sauron's forces on the Rammas Echor, and were cut down as they tried to escape.

Holdwine - The name of Merry Brandybuck in Rohan

The name given to Meriadoc Brandybuck among the Rohirrim, and used by them to record his deeds in their annals. Its meaning is never given explicitly, but it seems to be something close to 'lover of burrows' (that is, a term with a similar meaning to 'hobbit').

Horsebreeders - Uglúk's name for the Rohirrim

A name for the Rohirrim among Orcs, or at least those in the service of Saruman. Uglúk used the term in scorn as he travelled across Rohan, but it was nonetheless quite true.

Huorns - Trees under the command of the Ents

Trees animated and given purpose by the Ents, with whom they could also communicate. The name means something like 'speaking trees'.

Húrin I -The fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor

Húrin I was the son of Belegorn, and descended in right line from Húrin of Emyn Arnen, the founder of the House of Húrin to which all the Ruling Stewards belonged. Húrin's name was even more ancient than that of his illustrious ancestor - it is taken from Húrin Thalion, a hero of the Edain in the First Age.

Húrin II -The fourteenth Ruling Steward of Gondor

The son of Steward Hallas, and grandson of the famous Cirion who granted the green northern lands of Calenardhon to the Rohirrim. Húrin II shared his name with an illustrious line of predecessors, including Húrin I who ruled during the Watchful Peace, Húrin of Emyn Arnen who founded the house of the Stewards, and ultimately Húrin Thalion himself, Lord of Dor-lómin in the First Age. Húrin ruled Gondor as its Steward for twenty-three years, and was succeeded by his son, Belecthor I.


Harlond - The port of Minas Tirith

The port and docks of the city of Minas Tirith, used by river traffic from the southern regions of Gondor. It lay to the south of the city, where its fortifications ran alongside the great outlying wall of the Rammas Echor.

Harrowdale - The mountain valley of the Snowbourn River

The name given to the deep north-south valley cut out of the White Mountains by the Snowbourn River. At its southern end, beneath the mountain known as the Starkhorn, stood Dunharrow, a great refuge of the Rohirrim. At its northern end, where the Snowbourn issued onto the plains of Rohan, stood that nation's capital, Edoras.

Haunted Mountain - See Dwimorberg

Haunted Pass - See Cirith Gorgor

Hay Gate - The northern gate of the High Hay

The North Gate of Buckland, that guarded the Eastmarch of the Shire from travellers on the East Road. It stood at the northern end of the Hedge known as the High Hay.

Haysend - The village at the end of the High Hay

The village at the southern tip of Buckland, at the place where the River Withywindle flowed out of the Old Forest into the Brandywine. It was named for the fact that it stood at the end of the High Hay, the Hedge raised to protect the Bucklanders from the strange things that lived in the Forest and beyond it. According to the poem Bombadil Goes Boating, its inhabitants had a more fierce and protective attitude than most hobbits, which is hardly surprising given the perilous location of their village.

Helm’s Deep - A refuge of the Rohirrim

The great coomb, and the caverns behind it, that lay in the northern valleys of the White Mountains. Helm, King of Rohan, took refuge here with his people in the time of the invasion of Rohan by the Dunlendings.

Helm’s Dike - The defensive dike of the Deeping-coomb

The great defensive earthwork that ran across the Deeping-coomb, as part of the defences of the Hornburg and Helm's Deep.

Helm’s Gate - The guarded entrance to Helm's Deep

A passage between two forbidding cliff-faces, the northern guarded by the castle of the Hornburg, that led to the fastness of Helm's Deep in the White Mountains. The Gate was walled from north to south, and was the site of the ferocious siege known as the Battle of the Hornburg.

Henneth Annûn - The Window of the Sunset
High Hay - The great fence that ran between Buckland and the Old Forest

The great fence that ran north to south along the eastern border of Buckland, built by the Bucklanders to protect themselves from the dangers of the Old Forest.

High Pass - The northern pass through the Misty Mountains

The pass of the Misty Mountains that lay above Rivendell; it was here that Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves were captured by goblins as they journeyed eastwards on the Quest of Erebor

The Hill - Hobbiton Hill, to the local Hobbits

The local name for Hobbiton Hill, in which was excavated the smial of Bag End.

Hither Shore - A poetic name for Middle-earth

In general use, 'Hither Shore' was a term used especially by the Elves for the mortal lands of Middle-earth, a reminder of the far distant shores of Aman. In First Age Sindarin, it also had a more specific meaning, since it translates into that language as the name Nevrast, a cold seaward region in the northwest of Beleriand.

Hobbiton - The township beneath the Hill

Large town in the central regions of the Shire, within the borders of the Westfarthing. The town was overlooked by Hobbiton Hill (usually called simply 'The Hill'), in which was Bag End, the ancestral smial of the Baggins family.

Hold, the - See Dunharrow

Hollin - The lost land of Eregion
Hornburg - The castle that guarded Helm’s Deep

The castle that stood in the Deeping-coomb in northern Rohan, and guarded the entrance to Helm's Deep.

Hornrock - The foundation of the Hornburg

A spur of rock that stood out southward from the northern rock-wall of Helm's Deep. It was on the crest of the Hornrock that the castle of the Hornburg was built, and from it the Deeping Wall ran across the Deep's mouth to the southern wall

Houses of Healing - The hospital of Minas Tirith

The houses that lay in the sixth circle of Minas Tirith, surrounded by lawns and trees, where the healers of Gondor did their work.


Herugrim - The sword of Théoden

The sword of Théoden, hidden from him for many years by Gríma. After being cured by Gandalf, Théoden recovered the sword, and rode with it to battle at the Hornburg and the Pelennor Fields.

Battle of the Hornburg - The battle between Rohan and Isengard beneath Helm’s Deep

Saruman's mighty assault on the forces of Rohan in Helm's Deep. The Rohirrim had the victory, in large part due to the intervention of the Huorns of Fangorn.

Horn-call of Buckland - The alarm-call of the Shire’s Eastmarch

The alarm signal of the Hobbits of Buckland, calling them to action against invaders and incursions into their land.

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