Hallow of Eru
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|Hallow of Eru|
|Location||Upon Meneltarma, Mittalmar, central Elenna|
|Description||Sacred mountaintop shrine on the island of Elenna|
|Created||Beginning of the Second Age|
The Hallow of Eru was a sacred and holy shrine that was revered by the Númenóreans. It was the only place of reverence in Númenor before the coming of Sauron. The shrine was sacred to the Númenóreans as a holy place devoted to Eru Ilúvatar. Unlike Meneltarma, no one was allowed set foot upon the Hallow of Eru. The tradition was so strong and universal that even foreigners felt bound by it. Only the King was allowed to be at the shrine to utter prayers and thanksgivings to Eru Ilúvatar, during the feasts of Erukyermë, Erulaitalë and Eruhantalë.
Birds and animals did not approach the site, and only the Eagles of Manwë were seen circling over the shrine.
Near the summit of Meneltarma, the kings had built a spiral road leading to the shrine, beginning at the southern tip of the mountain and winding up to the lip of the shrine.
The shrine was flattened and somehow depressed, which was so broad that it was able to contain a great multitude during religious ceremonies. It was said that on a clear day the 'far-sighted' might see Tol Eressëa.
After the destruction of Númenor, some amongst the Exiles of Númenor believed that the Hallow of Eru remained as an isle in Belegaer. Some Dúnedain were even said to have set sail trying to reach the isle, from which the legend held that one could catch a glimpse of the unreachable Aman.
|Legendary locations in Arda|
|Islands:||Isle of Meneltarma|
|Mountains:||Astulat · Mountains of the Moon · Merlock Mountains|
|Regions:||Aerie · Belmarie · Fantasie · Last Desert · Sindanórie · Thellamie · Tode|
|Other:||Caves of the Forgotten · Gorbelgod|