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| name=Amon Hen
 
| name=Amon Hen
 
| type=Hill
 
| type=Hill
 
| location=Southern end of [[Nen Hithoel]], west bank
 
| location=Southern end of [[Nen Hithoel]], west bank
 
| inhabitants=[[Gondor]]ians
 
| inhabitants=[[Gondor]]ians
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| realms=[[Gondor]]<br/>[[Reunited Kingdom]]
 
| description=Fortified (later ruined) hill
 
| description=Fortified (later ruined) hill
 
| othernames=Hill of Sight, Hill of the Eye
 
| othernames=Hill of Sight, Hill of the Eye
| etymology=[[S.]] ''[[amon]]'' "hill" + ''[[hen]]'' "eye"
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| etymology=[[Sindarin|S.]] ''[[amon]]'' "hill" + ''[[hen]]'' "eye"
 
| events=[[Breaking of the Fellowship]]
 
| events=[[Breaking of the Fellowship]]
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'''Amon Hen''' ([[Sindarin]] ''[[amon]]'' "hill" + ''[[hen]]'' "eye") was constructed in the early days of [[Gondor]], perhaps even as early as the [[Second Age]], its other names in [[Westron]] were The '''Hill of Sight''' and the [[Hill of the Eye]]. [[Aragorn]] says that it and its counterpart hill were made '...in the days of the great kings' ([[The Fellowship of the Ring]] II 9) but this is open to interpretation.
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'''Amon Hen''' ([[Sindarin]] ''[[amon]]'' “hill” + ''[[hen]]'' “eye”) was the westernmost of the three peaks at the southern end of [[Nen Hithoel]].  On its eastern side at the foot of the hill lay the lawn of [[Parth Galen]] and the western portion of the [[Anduin]] that flowed past [[Tol Brandir]].  Above Parth Galen the hill rose in gentle slopes to its flattened summit. Just to the south of the hill was the [[North Stair]].<ref name="Amon">{{FR|II10}}</ref>  The western face of the hill was steeper than on the east.<ref>{{TT|III2}}</ref>
  
The hill towers above the western banks of the [[Anduin]], and it is one of the 3 peaks at the southern end of the long lake [[Nen Hithoel]] above the [[Falls of Rauros]] on the [[Anduin]] River. The other two hills being [[Amon Lhaw]] and [[Tol Brandir]]. The Seat of Seeing ([[Amon Lhaw]], the Hill of the Ear and the "seat of hearing") was built there, close to the earlier northern borders of [[Gondor]], serving as a watchtower for the borders of [[Gondor]].  
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Upon Amon Hen were the remains of a road from long ago, now dwindled to little more than a path.  In places where the hill grew steep, stairs had been hewn, although over time they had become cracked, worn, and split by tree roots. The path wound through [[Rowans|rowan]] trees to the summit, where there was a wide flat circle paved with large stones and encircled with a ruined battlement. In the center of the circle was an ancient chair, the [[Seat of Seeing]].<ref name="Amon"/>
  
The [[Company of the Ring]] passed by Amon Hen after having travelled down the [[Anduin]], and it was here that the fellowship broke up as a result of [[Boromir]]'s death, with [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] crossing the river on their way east to [[Mordor]]. [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] sits on the Seat of Seeing and immediately he is able to see telescopically for hundreds of miles in all directions because of its magical properties.
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==History==
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[[Aragorn]] said that the high seat upon Amon Hen had been made in the days of the great kings and that a watch had been kept there.<ref>{{FR|II9}}</ref>  Later it is stated that the Seat of Seeing was on the Hill of the Eye of the Men of Númenor.<ref name="Amon"/>  It is thus open to interpretation whether this site was constructed during the early years of [[Gondor]] or sometime in the [[Second Age]].
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Amon Hen was the location where the [[Breaking of the Fellowship]] occurred on 26 February [[TA|3019]].<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref> 
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:When [[Boromir]] confronted [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] there was a large, stone head half-buried in the hillside, which was not mentioned in the book.  The scene and activity at the summit was also considerably changed.
  
 
==See also==
 
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The name Amon Hen refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Amon Hen (disambiguation).
Scott Peery - Amon Hen.jpg
Amon Hen
Physical Description
TypeHill
LocationSouthern end of Nen Hithoel, west bank
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsGondorians
DescriptionFortified (later ruined) hill
General Information
Other namesHill of Sight, Hill of the Eye
EtymologyS. amon "hill" + hen "eye"
EventsBreaking of the Fellowship

Amon Hen (Sindarin amon “hill” + hen “eye”) was the westernmost of the three peaks at the southern end of Nen Hithoel. On its eastern side at the foot of the hill lay the lawn of Parth Galen and the western portion of the Anduin that flowed past Tol Brandir. Above Parth Galen the hill rose in gentle slopes to its flattened summit. Just to the south of the hill was the North Stair.[1] The western face of the hill was steeper than on the east.[2]

Upon Amon Hen were the remains of a road from long ago, now dwindled to little more than a path. In places where the hill grew steep, stairs had been hewn, although over time they had become cracked, worn, and split by tree roots. The path wound through rowan trees to the summit, where there was a wide flat circle paved with large stones and encircled with a ruined battlement. In the center of the circle was an ancient chair, the Seat of Seeing.[1]

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[edit] History

Aragorn said that the high seat upon Amon Hen had been made in the days of the great kings and that a watch had been kept there.[3] Later it is stated that the Seat of Seeing was on the Hill of the Eye of the Men of Númenor.[1] It is thus open to interpretation whether this site was constructed during the early years of Gondor or sometime in the Second Age.

Amon Hen was the location where the Breaking of the Fellowship occurred on 26 February 3019.[4]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

When Boromir confronted Frodo there was a large, stone head half-buried in the hillside, which was not mentioned in the book. The scene and activity at the summit was also considerably changed.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Breaking of the Fellowship"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"