The ruins of Minas Brethil (S."Birch Fortress"; Du."Caer Bedu") stood in the southwestern comer of Rhudaur, on the east bank of the Mitheithel, with a view of the Hagavorl, the Cardolan border hedge just across the river. It was long the citadel of House Melossë, the last of the old Dúnadan noble families to rule in Rhudaur. They were driven off in the late 13th century and their tower destroyed, but the site was so sufficiendy strategic that a new one had always been built there.
For another interpretation of Minas Brethil, see:
- ICE MERP: Arnor
- Solis MERP Resources