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Pinnath Gelin

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Pinnath Gelin
General Information
Other namesGreen Hills, Green Slopes, Green Downs
LocationWestern Gondor
DescriptionHill-range, with unnamed settlements
Reunited Kingdom
People and History
EventsWar of the Ring

The Pinnath Gelin or Green Hills was a fief in the far west of Gondor, bounded to the west by the River Lefnui, and to the east by the Morthond.


At the time of the War of the Ring, the lord of this region was Hirluin the Fair. He led three hundred of his soldiers to the defence of Minas Tirith, all dressed in green.[1] Hirluin never went back to the Green Hills of his home - he was slain in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[2]


Usually translated as Green Hills,[1] and sometimes as Green Downs,[3] the name's meaning would be actually closer to Green Ridges, Green Slopes or Green Crests. The first word was a Gondor Sindarin form of Sindarin pennath, "slopes", merged with pinn, "crest". The second was the plural of the word calen, "green". [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Index, in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion (eds. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull), page 525
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon (ed. Christopher Gilson), vol. 17, July 2007, page 24