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Eilenach

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The second of the seven beacon-hills of [[Gondor]], after [[Amon Dîn]] in the east, it lay in the [[Drúadan Forest]].
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'''Eilenach''' was the second of the seven beacon-hills of [[Gondor]], after [[Amon Dîn]] in the east, it lay in the [[Drúadan Forest]]. Following is an article from the [http://www.quicksilver899.com/Tolkien/Tolkien_Dictionary.html Tolkien Linguistic Dictionary] concerning its name:
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:'''Eilenach''' — said to be 'pre-Númenórean' or M; ?''Fire Tooth''; [perhaps the most researched Tolkien term by this author]; little is known of this beacon except that it is closely related etymologically to '''Halifirien''', which was once called ''Eilenear''; Halifirien ['holy mountain'] was a religious site of old, and further sanctified by the secret entombing of Isildur; the name could relate loosely to the Elvish '''3EL'''- sky, Nol ''elle'', ''eilian'' [Etym], and '''AK'''- narrow, confined [Etym] - ''narrow sky'', as the hill rose steeply out of the midst of the Druadan Forest; relating ''eilen''- to AS ''halig'' 'holy', it might point back to Old Norse ''heilag''; it would seem, however, that the term relates more closely to modern 'heal(-ing)', of similar derivation as 'holy'; the AS was ''hælan'', Old Saxon ''helian'', German ''heilen'' [see Old Norse ''heill'', ''heilan'' healing]; perhaps distantly related is the Greek ''ailin'' dirge; also possible is AS ''æling'' burning, perhaps here relating to funeral pyres; Gaelic ''eilean'' means an 'island' [above the forest cover?], Early Irish ''ailén'' [Gaelic ''ail'' = rock, stone]; -''nach'' could relate to Middle Dutch ''nocke'' summit, Middle English ''nocke'', from a root *''hnukk''- 'sharp projection, tip', or may be an adjectival or agental suffix in Gaelic: ?'The Rock (place)'; one of the beacon hills of Gondor, although the summit was said to be too small for a large fire
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Revision as of 16:29, 20 June 2006

Eilenach was the second of the seven beacon-hills of Gondor, after Amon Dîn in the east, it lay in the Drúadan Forest. Following is an article from the Tolkien Linguistic Dictionary concerning its name:

Eilenach — said to be 'pre-Númenórean' or M; ?Fire Tooth; [perhaps the most researched Tolkien term by this author]; little is known of this beacon except that it is closely related etymologically to Halifirien, which was once called Eilenear; Halifirien ['holy mountain'] was a religious site of old, and further sanctified by the secret entombing of Isildur; the name could relate loosely to the Elvish 3EL- sky, Nol elle, eilian [Etym], and AK- narrow, confined [Etym] - narrow sky, as the hill rose steeply out of the midst of the Druadan Forest; relating eilen- to AS halig 'holy', it might point back to Old Norse heilag; it would seem, however, that the term relates more closely to modern 'heal(-ing)', of similar derivation as 'holy'; the AS was hælan, Old Saxon helian, German heilen [see Old Norse heill, heilan healing]; perhaps distantly related is the Greek ailin dirge; also possible is AS æling burning, perhaps here relating to funeral pyres; Gaelic eilean means an 'island' [above the forest cover?], Early Irish ailén [Gaelic ail = rock, stone]; -nach could relate to Middle Dutch nocke summit, Middle English nocke, from a root *hnukk- 'sharp projection, tip', or may be an adjectival or agental suffix in Gaelic: ?'The Rock (place)'; one of the beacon hills of Gondor, although the summit was said to be too small for a large fire