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Oromet was a hill near Andúnië and the western shores of Númenor. It was here that the King of Númenor, Tar-Minastir (whose name meant "Tower Watcher"), built a high tower where he could spend many days gazing westward.[1] Well over a thousand years later Tar-Palantir often visited the tower upon Oromet in the vain hope of seeing Tol Eressëa or at least some ship coming from the west.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name is obviously Quenya[3][4] and includes the Elvish root for "mountain".[5]

The meaning is obscure[4] but it has been suggested that the name means "last mountain".[3] Cf. the Elvish root MET "end".[6]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Tar-Minastir
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 309
  4. 4.0 4.1 Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo", Ardalambion (accessed 15 November 2019)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry "orod"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 373