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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]]''}}
 
{{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 in the background]]
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[[Image:Ted Nasmith - At the Falls.jpg|thumb|The [[Rauros|Falls of Rauros]] with Tol Brandir in the background]]
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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>
 
'''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>
  
 
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>
 
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>
==Etymology==
 
  
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==Etymology==
 
''Tol Brandir'' is a [[Sindarin]] name meaning "Isle of the Great Steeples". Elements in the name are ''[[tol]]'' and ''[[brand (word)#Sindarin|brand]]''.<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 22</ref>
 
''Tol Brandir'' is a [[Sindarin]] name meaning "Isle of the Great Steeples". Elements in the name are ''[[tol]]'' and ''[[brand (word)#Sindarin|brand]]''.<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 22</ref>
  
 
''Tindrock'', the [[Mannish]] word for the island, represents archaic [[Westron]] and contains the archaic English word ''tind'' 'spike'.[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] noted that if ''tind'' had survived into modern speech, it would have rhymed with ''find'', but it now appears as ''tine'' 'prong'.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 777</ref>
 
''Tindrock'', the [[Mannish]] word for the island, represents archaic [[Westron]] and contains the archaic English word ''tind'' 'spike'.[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] noted that if ''tind'' had survived into modern speech, it would have rhymed with ''find'', but it now appears as ''tine'' 'prong'.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 777</ref>
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==Other Versions of the Legendarium==
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In the first map of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' the island was named ''Tolondren'' and the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] landed upon it before crossing to the east bank of Nen Hithoel.<ref>{{TI|MIVa}}, p. 315</ref>  As Tolkien refined the geography the island was renamed the ''Isle of Emris''<ref>{{TI|MIVb}}, p. 317</ref> and then ''Tolbrandir''.<ref>{{TI|MIVc}}, p. 318</ref>  In the text, [[Celeborn]] first spoke of ''Toll-ondren''.  In pencil Tolkien altered the name to ''Eregon'', then to ''Brandor'', and then to ''the Tindrock that we call Tol Brandor''.<ref>{{TI|Farewell}}, p. 285</ref>
  
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
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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 in 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]

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[edit] Etymology

Tol Brandir is a Sindarin name meaning "Isle of the Great Steeples". Elements in the name are tol and brand.[3]

Tindrock, the Mannish word for the island, represents archaic Westron and contains the archaic English word tind 'spike'.Tolkien noted that if tind had survived into modern speech, it would have rhymed with find, but it now appears as tine 'prong'.[4]

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

In the first map of The Lord of the Rings the island was named Tolondren and the Fellowship of the Ring landed upon it before crossing to the east bank of Nen Hithoel.[5] As Tolkien refined the geography the island was renamed the Isle of Emris[6] and then Tolbrandir.[7] In the text, Celeborn first spoke of Toll-ondren. In pencil Tolkien altered the name to Eregon, then to Brandor, and then to the Tindrock that we call Tol Brandor.[8]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 movie, when Frodo and Sam cross to Amon Lhaw, they paddle across Nen Hithoel to the north of the island rather than to the south. This is necessary because, unlike in the book, the river does not reach beyond Tol Brandir, instead the falls of Rauros are split by the pinnacle.

[edit] 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, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 22
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 777
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "[Map] IVA", p. 315
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Map IVB", p. 317
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Map IVC", p. 318
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Farewell to Lórien", p. 285