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Min-Rimmon

Min-Rimmon was one of the seven beacon-hills of Gondor, on the northern flanks of the White Mountains. It was the fifth beacon west of Minas Tirith[1] and was the highest peak in a group of crags known as the Rimmon. With Eilenach and Amon Dîn, Min-Rimmon was one of the oldest beacons, set in place even before the foundation of Rohan.[2][3]

On the night of 7 March T.A. 3019 Gandalf and Pippin, riding east on Shadowfax, saw the beacons being lit to call for aid from Rohan.[4] On 12 March, Théoden on his way to Minas Tirith, camped his army of the Rohirrim under Min-Rimmon.[5]

After the defeat of Sauron, tidings of Aragorn's coronation were sent out into "all parts of Gondor, from Min-Rimmon even to Pinnath Gelin and the far coasts of the sea".[6] This would seem to indicate that there was a settlement of some kind at Min-Rimmon, and that it marked the western boundary of Gondorian settlement in Anórien by the end of the Third Age.

[edit] Etymology

Min means "peak" in Sindarin[3], thus Min-Rimmon refers to the "Peak of the Rimmon". "Rimmon" is a name of forgotten origin, coming from the Second Age before Gondor was established.[7]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 511
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men"
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