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Pinnath Gelin
Physical Description
TypeHill-range
LocationWestern Gondor
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsGondorians
DescriptionHill-range, with unnamed settlements
General Information
Other namesGreen Hills, Green Slopes, Green Downs
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.

[edit] History

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]

[edit] Etymology

Usually translated as Green Hills,[1] and sometimes as Green Downs,[3] the meaning of the name Pinnath Gelin would be actually closer to Green Ridges, Green Slopes or Green Crests. The first word was the dialectical Sindarin or Gondor Sindarin pinnath. The second was the plural of the word calen, "green".[4]

[edit] References

  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. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 525 (citing from the Unfinished index)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 24