Mearingburg - Overview

Most of the residents here were Éothraim who used it as a seasonal base, but there was also a sizeable population of Northmen from Esgaroth who seeked an advance trading outpost near Dorwinion. These Men of Marhungbaurg (Rh."Fort of the Horse-Sons") or later Mearingburg were avid traders and had won the favor of the local Dorwinrim lords. Nonetheless, their little town was well-fortified, for not all Easterlings were as tolerant as the Dorwinrim. Due to the great distance between Marhungbaurg and other Northman settlements, the Northmen of Rhovanion viewed these cousins in the East as slightly odd.

Detailed Description


Mearing Gate

  • Inhabitants: 50% Northman (Éothrym), 50% Folyavuldok
  • Population: 490
  • Origin: Conquered by Northmen, T.A. 1503.
  • Purpose: A trading base for Northmen on the lower River Celduin.Buhr Marhlinge was a relatively typical fortified Horse-lord village of the mid-Third Age, although its elaborate dimensions were befitting of a tribal center, not a frontier settlement. Never, however, did it reach the size of Alcisbaurg, the capital of the Alciswardias tribe. Its growth was sudden, and was tied to the war against the Easterlings led by Trôs Hesnef. Once an Ailgarthas clan center, it was strengthened after the arrival of the Hauthegna Mahrcared in T.A. 1640.

Marhungbaurg was built on a very gentle rise near the confluence of the Celduin and its tributary, the Ardruiga. To conform with the angles of the land and the junction of the waters, it was given a triangular plan, with each side of equal length. A ditch was dug at the base of the rise and an earthen wall was erected with the fill. Tunnel-gates were cut through the center of each wall, and faced with reddish stone from the river. Wooden bridges provided access to the entries and a wooden pallisade crowned the walls, forming a battlement. At each of the three corners, the Horse-lords built a round bastion (Rh. "buiric") which was level with the walls and contained a rectangular guardhouse.

Inside Marhungbaurg, the Éothrym leveled the wide hillock. Three groups of communal longhouses accommodates the population. Placed in groups of three, they occupy the three points of town and frame a large, central common. This grassy lawn is the marketplace, and temporary workshops are often built along its edges. The Huithyn's Great-hall stands near the well at the center of the common.

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