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Eilenach

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Eilenach was the second of the seven beacon-hills of Gondor, after Amon Dîn in the east, and it was the highest point of the Drúadan Forest. It had a sharp summit, incapable of sustaining a large fire. Its main purpose was to relay the fire of Amon Dîn to Nardol.[1][2][3]

On the night of 7 March T.A. 3019 Gandalf and Pippin, riding east on Shadowfax, saw the beacons being lit to call for aid from Rohan.[4]

Etymology

On the origin of the name, Tolkien wrote Eilenach is "probably an alien name, not Sindarin, not Númenórean, or Common speech."[2][3] Perhaps it was pre-Númenórean.

References

  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 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
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 510
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
Beacons of Gondor
Amon Dîn · Eilenach · Nardol · Erelas · Min-Rimmon · Calenhad · Halifirien