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    Paths of the Dead The haunted caverns beneath the Ered Nimrais Dates: II 34411 - 8 March2 III 3019 Location: Beneath the White Mountains, from the Dwimorberg
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      Paths of the Dead
      The haunted caverns beneath the Ered Nimrais




      Dates: II 34411 - 8 March2 III 3019
      Location: Beneath the White Mountains, from the Dwimorberg in the
      north to the Morthond Vale in the south
      Origins: Occupied by the Dead after they were cursed by Isildur at
      the end of the Second Age
      Race: Men
      Culture: Men of the Mountains

      A subterranean realm beneath the White Mountains above the valley of
      the River Morthond. The dwelling place through the Third Age of the
      Dead, Men cursed by Isildur for breaking their oath of fealty to him,
      and made to remain in Middle-earth until his rightful heir was to call
      for their aid.

      Notes
      1 Isildur laid a curse on the King of the Dead and his people that
      they would not rest until their broken oath to him was fulfilled, and
      that curse was the reason that these people haunted the Paths of the
      Dead. Isildur laid his curse before he went to war with Sauron, but he
      couched it in these terms: 'And if the West prove mightier than thy
      Black Master, this curse I lay upon thee and thy folk...' (The Return
      of the King V 2). The West did indeed prove mighter than Sauron, but
      not until II 3441, about eleven years after Isildur originally said
      these words.

      It can't be stated with certainty that the Paths were occupied
      immediately after the curse took effect: their settlement may have
      taken years or even decades. Nonetheless, the curse that founded the
      Paths of the Dead took effect with the first Fall of Barad-dûr, hence
      the dating shown above.
      2 8 March III 3019 is the date that Aragorn led the Dead out of their
      Paths towards the final fulfilment of their oath, after which the
      Paths of the Dead would be deserted. The Dead themselves continued to
      exist for several days, until they were released by Aragorn at
      Pelargir on 13 March.
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