The Cataracts are the waterfalls that make the River Silver's descent from middle Rathillien down to the bottom of the Escarpment.[1] The area was the scene of the Battle of the Cataracts, where the forces of the Kencyrath and their Karkinoran allies turned aside the much larger Waster Horde.[2]

The falls are split into two halves by Eldest Island. The narrower western channel descends in two falls, the first of about a hundred feet and the second about twice that into a cauldron of seething water.[3] The wider eastern channel descends in one fall of approximately three hundred feet. The Mendelin Steps descend alongside the western channel in two flights.

See alsoEdit


  1. Seeker's Mask, "Part I"
  2. Dark of the Moon
  3. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces"

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