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{{quote|Frodo halted and looked out over the [[Anduin|River]], far below him, to Tol Brandir and the birds wheeling in the great gulf of air between him and the untrodden isle.  The voice of Rauros was a mighty roaring mingled with a deep throbbing boom.|''[[The Breaking of the Fellowship]]''}}
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{{quote|[[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] halted and looked out over the [[Anduin|River]], far below him, to Tol Brandir and the birds wheeling in the great gulf of air between him and the untrodden isle.  The voice of Rauros was a mighty roaring mingled with a deep throbbing boom.|''[[The Breaking of the Fellowship]]''}}
 
[[Image:Ted Nasmith - At the Falls.jpg|thumb|The [[Falls of Rauros]] with Tol Brandir on the background]]
 
[[Image:Ted Nasmith - At the Falls.jpg|thumb|The [[Falls of Rauros]] with Tol Brandir on the background]]
'''Tol Brandir''' was an unclimable island with a huge pinnacle on the long lake called [[Nen Hithoel]], which was situated on the [[Anduin]] river before the [[Emyn Muil]]. It stood between the hills of [[Amon Hen]] and [[Amon Lhaw]] and looked out over the golden [[Falls of Rauros]].   
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'''Tol Brandir''' (also called the '''Tindrock''') was one of the three peaks at the southern end of [[Nen Hithoel]].  Unlike [[Amon Hen]] to the west or [[Amon Lhaw]] to the east, Tol Brandir was an island; the [[Anduin]] split into two arms and flowed on both sides of the peak before rejoining and plunging over the falls of Rauros.  It was situated a little to the north of its companions and it was possible to paddle a boat across the river on it southern side above the waterfall.<ref>{{FR|II9}} and {{FR|II10}}</ref>
  
Its location was so isolated that it was said that no man or beast ever set foot on it.
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It was said that no foot of man or beast had ever been set upon Tol Brandir, which is understandable because its sides rose sheer out of the water.  High above the initial cliffs there were steep slopes with trees, but then more grey cliffs shot up with a final spire of stone at the top.  Being inaccessible to other creatures, many birds nested on the island. <ref>{{FR|II10}}</ref>
 
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Its sides glowed sometime around mid-afternoon.
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Tol Brandir means "Isle of [[Brandir (disambiguation)|Brandir]]". Brandir can also be meant as "tall man". Whether it is named after its height or a certain person named Brandir, it is not known.
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The name of the island is made of two [[Sindarin]] words: ''Tol'' means an “isle” (rising with sheer sides from the sea or from a river).<ref>{{S|Appendix}}</ref>  ''Brandir'' is composed of the elements ''brand'', meaning “lofty” or “high” and ''der'', meaning “man”.<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}</ref>  Whether it is named after its height or a certain person named Brandir, it is not known.
  
In [[Westron]] it was called Tindrock ([[Old English]] ''tind''="sharp").
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In [[Westron]] it was called Tindrock <ref>{{FR|II9}}</ref> ([[Old English]] ''tind''="sharp" plus “rock”).
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The name Brandir refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Brandir (disambiguation).
"Frodo halted and looked out over the River, far below him, to Tol Brandir and the birds wheeling in the great gulf of air between him and the untrodden isle. The voice of Rauros was a mighty roaring mingled with a deep throbbing boom."
The Breaking of the Fellowship
The Falls of Rauros with Tol Brandir on the background

Tol Brandir (also called the Tindrock) was one of the three peaks at the southern end of Nen Hithoel. Unlike Amon Hen to the west or Amon Lhaw to the east, Tol Brandir was an island; the Anduin split into two arms and flowed on both sides of the peak before rejoining and plunging over the falls of Rauros. It was situated a little to the north of its companions and it was possible to paddle a boat across the river on it southern side above the waterfall.[1]

It was said that no foot of man or beast had ever been set upon Tol Brandir, which is understandable because its sides rose sheer out of the water. High above the initial cliffs there were steep slopes with trees, but then more grey cliffs shot up with a final spire of stone at the top. Being inaccessible to other creatures, many birds nested on the island. [2]

Etymology

The name of the island is made of two Sindarin words: Tol means an “isle” (rising with sheer sides from the sea or from a river).[3] Brandir is composed of the elements brand, meaning “lofty” or “high” and der, meaning “man”.[4] Whether it is named after its height or a certain person named Brandir, it is not known.

In Westron it was called Tindrock [5] (Old English tind="sharp" plus “rock”).

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River" and J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Breaking of the Fellowship"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Breaking of the Fellowship"
  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 Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River"