This map plots the settings and references in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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A mound of earth and stones covering a grave in this way is called a tumulus, barrow, burial mound, or kurgan. These forms of burial can be found in a number of cultures, including ancient Greek and Norse societies, and are usually reserved for kings or important people. They can also be seen in Britain, constructed in the Bronze Age, and later by the Vikings and Saxons. Burial mounds might include one or more inner chambers for the burial of the king and his family, along with his gold and prize possessions. The latter might include weapons, armour, and even horses. In some cases the inclusion of these items could be based on a belief that the dead were able to take possessions with them into the afterlife.