Erelas was one of the seven warning beacons of Gondor, the fourth that would be lit when Minas Tirith called for aid from Rohan. It was a bald green hill, with no trees or plants. Its attendants would set fire to their beacon when they saw a flame on Nardol, far to the east, and their own beacon-fire would be answered by that on the peak of Min-Rimmon to the west. All these beacon hills lay among the White Mountains as they came down into the plains of Anórien, the fief of Gondor that lay on Rohan's borders.
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.
Despite being Sindarin in style, Erelas was not a Sindarin name. The true meaning of the name is lost in history.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 19
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