Amon Dîn

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Amon Dîn in The Lord of the Rings Online

Amon Dîn, sometimes just Dîn, was the easternmost of the beacon hills of Gondor and nearest to Minas Tirith, lying to the east of the Drúadan Forest.[1][2]

Amon Dîn was perhaps the oldest of the beacon hills, originally used as a fortified outpost of Minas Tirith. It kept watch over the passage into North Ithilien from Dagorlad and any attempt by enemies to cross the Anduin near Cair Andros.[1][2]

In the late Third Age, the eastward side of Amon Dîn was covered with wide grey thickets.[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]

Etymology

Amon Dîn is Sindarin, meaning "silent hill" (amon + dîn).[5][2] Probably it refers to its distinct rocky and barren appearance standing out and isolated from the heavily wooded hills of the Drúadan Forest.

Portrayal in adaptations

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Amon Dîn is shown as the second beacon being lit after the a beacon just above the city of Minas Tirith.

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The beacon of Amon Dîn lies somewhat north-east of the Drúadan Forest. By March 13 the orcs have established a blockade on the road beneath Amon Dîn, blocking the path of Théoden's riders. They patrol the area around and have doused the beacon. Despite the Riders of Rohan already on their way, the player is asked to relight the beacon anew.

References

Beacons of Gondor
Amon Dîn · Eilenach · Nardol · Erelas · Min-Rimmon · Calenhad · Halifirien