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Tower Hills
Ted Nasmith - The White Towers.jpg
"The White Towers" by Ted Nasmith
General Information
Other namesEmyn Beraid
LocationWestern Eriador, west of the Far Downs south-east of the Grey Havens
DescriptionA range of hills where the White Towers were built
Major townsUndertowers[1]
People and History
Later Hobbits
CreatedAfter S.A. 3320[note 1]
GalleryImages of Tower Hills

The Tower Hills (Sind. Emyn Beraid) were a range of hills at the west end of Eriador. They lay east of Mithlond, the Grey Havens of Lindon, and west of the White Downs, of old the border of the Shire.

High upon the Tower Hills stood three tall Elven towers, the White Towers, the highest of which was called Elostirion, which held a Palantír.[2]



Although Gil-galad's kingdom didn't have clear bounds south of the Lune, the Tower Hills were maintained as an outpost by the Elves of Lindon.[3]

In S.A. 600, when the first ship of the Númenóreans sailed up the Gulf of Lune there was a meeting between the men from the sea and their distant kinsmen in the Tower Hills.[4]

The White Towers upon the Tower Hills were built before the end of the Second Age by Gil-galad for his friend Elendil.[5]

During the Third Age, bands of Elves would go in pilgrimage to Elostirion in order to have a glimpse of the West through the Elostirion-stone.[6] The Stone remained in its tower until the end of the Age; it was then taken back into the West.[7]

In Fo.A. 31 the Westmarch was added to the Shire, making the Tower Hills the new western border of the land. Three years later Thain Peregrin I made Fastred of Greenholm the first Warden of Westmarch. He and his wife Elanor, daughter of Samwise Gamgee, moved to the Tower Hills and founded the town of Undertowers on the eastern slopes.[8]

Portrayal in adaptations

1988: J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth:

The Towers Hills are one of the battlegrounds in this game. The White Towers can be seen at the background of the map.


The name Emyn Beraid is Sindarin from emyn hill and beraid towers.[source?]

See also


  1. The towers were said to have been built by Gil-galad for his friend Elendil. The tallest of these, Elostirion, was built to hold one of the palantíri of the North-kingdom. They must therefore have been raised after Elendil and his sons had settled in Middle-earth, and after the division of the Seeing-stones had been agreed upon, so S.A. 3320 is the earliest possible date.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Palantíri", Note 2
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"