Hallow of Eru

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Hallow of Eru
Shrine
General Information
LocationUpon Meneltarma, Mittalmar, central Elenna
TypeShrine
DescriptionSacred mountaintop shrine on the island of Elenna
History
CreatedBeginning of the Second Age
EventsThree Prayers

The Hallow of Eru was the summit of Meneltarma that was revered as a shrine to Ilúvatar on the island of Elenna.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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
Rivers:  Derrilyn
Other:  Caves of the Forgotten · Gorbelgod
Númenor
Andor · Atalantë · Elenna · Mar-nu-Falmar · Númenórë · Westernesse
Regions Andustar · Arandor · Emerië · Forostar · Hyarastorni · Hyarnustar · Hyarrostar · Mittalmar · Nísimaldar · Orrostar
Towns and cities Almaida · Andúnië · Armenelos · Eldalondë · Nindamos · Ondosto · Rómenna
Buildings Calmindon · Eämbar · King's Court · Temple · White House of Erendis
Natural features Bay of Eldanna · Bay of Rómenna · Firth of Rómenna · Hallow of Eru · Meneltarma (mountain) · Nísinen (lake) · North Cape · Nunduinë (river) · Oromet (mountain) · Siril (river) · Sorontil (mountain) · Tarmasundar (ridges) · Tompollë
Plants and trees Fragrant Trees · Lairelossë · Laurinquë · Lavaralda · Nessamelda · Nimloth · Oiolairë · Taniquelassë · Vardarianna · Yavannamírë
Heirlooms Aranrúth · Bow of Bregor · Dramborleg · Elendilmir · Narsil · Palantíri · Ring of Barahir · Sceptre of Annúminas · Sceptre of Númenor · Tile and Textiles · Helmet
Concepts Adûnaic · Ban of the Valar · Council of the Sceptre · Downfall of Númenor · Great Bear-dance · Heirship · Númenórean Sindarin · Three Prayers (Eruhantalë · Erukyermë · Erulaitalë)
Key people Aldarion · Amandil · Captain of the King's Ships · Elros (House of Elros) · Erendis · Faithful · Great Armament · Guild of Venturers · Guild of Weaponsmiths · Isildur · Kings and Queens of Númenor · King's Archers · King's Men · Lords of Andúnië · Meneldur · Miriel · Palantir · Pharazôn · Sauron · Silmariën
Main texts The Silmarillion ("Akallabêth") · Unfinished Tales ("A Description of the Island of Númenor" · "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" · "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor") · The Lord of the Rings ("Appendix A" · "Appendix B") · The Nature of Middle-earth ("Lives of the Númenóreans" · "Of the land and beasts of Númenor")

References