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The name Holy Mountain refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Holy Mountain (disambiguation).
Taniquetil by J.R.R. Tolkien

Taniquetil or Oiolossë, the great Holy Mountain, was the highest of the mountains of Pelóri and the tallest peak in Arda. On its summit was raised Ilmarin, the mansions of Manwë and Varda.[1]

According to The Annals of Aman, it was raised 3,450 Valian Years (or 33,000 solar years) after the Valar arrived in Aman.[source?]



The mountain was also called Amon Uilos, the White Mountain, the Mountain of Manwë,[1] Taniquetilde Tára and Elerrína.


Taniquetil (or Taníquetil) is Quenya (pronounced [taˈnikʷetil]) and means "high-snow-peak".[2] The name can be analyzed as ta- (cf. tára) "high", nique "white" and til "point".[3]

In Valarin it was called dāhan-igwiš-telgūn, or less properly Dahanigwistilgūn.[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  2. 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
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  4. 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)