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Hill of Guard

The Hill of Guard or Amon Tirith was the outlying hill on which Minas Tirith was built. It joined Mindolluin by a narrow shoulder which rose to the height of the fifth wall of the city.[1][2]

[edit] Etymology

Amon Tirith is the Sindarin rendition of "hill of guard" (see amon and tirith).[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 772