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Amon Dîn

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Amon Dîn was the easternmost of the beacon hills of Gondor and nearest to Minas Tirith, lying to the east of the Drúadan Forest.[1][2]

Amon Dîn was perhaps the oldest of the beacon hills, originally used as a fortified outpost of Minas Tirith. It kept watch over the passage into North Ithilien from Dagorlad and any attempt by enemies to cross the Anduin near Cair Andros.[1][2]

Etymology

Amon Dîn is Sindarin, meaning "silent hill" (amon + dîn).[3][2] Probably it refers to its distinct rocky and barren appearance standing out and isolated from the heavily wooded hills of the Drúadan Forest.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 510
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 19
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