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- "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
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.
Its location was so isolated that it was said that no man or beast ever set foot on it.
Its sides glowed sometime around mid-afternoon.
Tol Brandir means "Isle of 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.