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Amon Ethir

Nienor and Glaurung by John Howe

Amon Ethir was raised artificially by the people of Finrod in the wide plain of Talath Dirnen, a league east of the Doors of Felagund above the river Narog. Over the years, trees grew on its flanks, but from its clear summit the watchers of Nargothrond could watch the lands about with the clear sight of the Elves, and so the hill got its name, Amon Ethir.[1]:205

After the Sack of Nargothrond, the hill still stood, and it was here that Niënor encountered Glaurung the Dragon. Having plunged the land into a thick fog of dragon-reek, so that only the hill remained above the mists, he cast Niënor into a deep spell of forgetfulness. After the departure of the dragon, Mablung found Niënor in a daze upon the hill and led her away.[1]:208-210

[edit] Etymology

Amon Ethir is Sindarin for "Hill of Spies"[2] or "Spyhill",[3] from amon ("hill") + ethir ("spy").


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Journey of Morwen and Niënor to Nargothrond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", entry Amon Ethir
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, entry Amon Ethir