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Mountain range
Ted Nasmith - The Shores of Valinor.jpg
General Information
Other namesMountains of Defense, Mountains of Aman
LocationEasternmost Aman
TypeMountain range
DescriptionHigh coastal mountain range
InhabitantsManwë, Varda

The Pelóri (Q, pron. [peˈloːri]) were the mountain-fence of Aman. The highest peak of the Pelóri was Taniquetil, on which were the mansions of Manwë and Varda.


The Pelóri were raised by the Valar to defend against the evils of Melkor after he destroyed their original dwelling-place at Almaren.

They were the tallest of all mountains, and the tallest of the Pelóri was Taniquetil, on which stood the high mansions of Manwë and Varda. Behind them to the West, the Light of the Trees shone, but the narrow shores beneath their eastern feet were in darkness.

The second highest of the Pelóri was Hyarmentir above Avathar.

When the Eldar came to Aman, the Valar cut a rift in the Mountains, the Calacirya, to let the Light shine through them. In that pass, the Vanyar and the Noldor built the city of Tirion, and the Pass of Light looked out onto the Bay of Eldamar and lit the isle of Tol Eressëa, where the Teleri dwelt in those ancient days.


The name translates as "Mountains of Defense". The first element is pel, meaning "fence, enclosure", and the second element is or, "mountain".