15 September 2011
365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 77: Meduseld
Meduseld – also known as the Golden Gall, the Hall of the Kings – was the greatest work in all of Rohan, having been built by Brego, son of Eorl the Young, and seeing completion in TA 2569.
Its roof and pillars were leafed in pure gold, and was decorated with rich tapestries and hangings depicting various events from Rohan’s great history. Its doors, which faced north, were made of wood and carved with images of beasts and birds with jeweled eyes. Pillars stood on either side of the doors, carved with interlacing figures.
Meduseld was captured by foes only once: in TA 2758, Wulf (son of Freca), rebelled and took Edoras with the help of the Dunlendings. King Helm’s son Haleth was slain defending the doors of the Golden Hall, and Wulf took up the throne, calling himself the King. Within a year, the Hall was recaptured and Wulf slain by Helm’s nephew Frealaf, who led a company of Rohirrim from Dunharrow in a surprise attack against the Hall’s captors.
"Meduseld" is a modernised form of the Old English Maeduselde, and is also a translation of an unknown Rohirric word meaning “mead hall”