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mindon is a noun meaning "lofty tower" in Quenya. Compare with minas in Sindarin.[1][2]



mindon means "isolated hill ... especially a hill with a watch-tower" in Noldorin.[3] Evidently, this meaning was retained in Sindarin in the contraction min, as Tolkien wrote in his unfinished index that Min-Rimmon meant "peak of the Rimmon".[4][note 1]


From Primitive Quendian minitunda or minitaun, derived from roots MINI + TUN.[3]



  1. It is a bit unclear if Hammond and Scull interpret the meaning to be Sindarin, or if Tolkien so actually wrote in the unpublished manuscript.


  1. Ruth S. Noel, The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth
  2. Quenya Corpus Wordlist edited by Helge Fauskanger
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 373, 395
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 511