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Taniquetil by J.R.R. Tolkien

Taniquetil (also called Taniquetilde Tára or Elerrína) was the peak of Oiolosse, the great Holy Mountain, said to be the tallest peak in the world. There was built Ilmarin, the abode of Manwë and Varda.


Taniquetil (or Taníquetil) is Quenya (pronounced [taˈnikʷetil]) and means "high-snow-peak".[1] The name can be analyzed as ta- (cf. tára), nique and tilde.Template:Or

In Valarin it was called dāhan-igwiš-telgūn, or less properly Dahanigwistilgūn.[2]


  1. 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) pp. 26, 168
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Author's Notes to Quendi and Eldar", pp. 416-7 (note 36)