Hermit's Hat

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"Hermit's Hat" is a concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Hermit's Hat
Constellation
General Information
LocationRhûn
TypeConstellation
History
EventsBattle against the Mystics

The Hermit's Hat was a constellation far to the east of Rhûn in Arda. The Hermit's Hat was invented by Amazon Studios for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

History

The Hermit's Hat was a constellation recognized by the Mystics that could only be seen somewhere deep within Rhûn, "where the stars are strange".[Note 1]

During the late Second Age, a group of three Mystics came west from Rhûn seeking Sauron. When they found a being they believed to be Sauron, they told him of the Hermit's Hat. They were later defeated by him after realizing that he was an Istar rather than Sauron. Accompanied by Elanor Brandyfoot, the Istar then departed the Grove for Rhûn in order to find out more about the constellation.

Notes

  1. This is a clear misconception made by the TV show. Even though it is said in The Fellowship of the Ring (II, 2) ‘the far countries of Rhûn and Harad where the stars are strange’, J.R.R. Tolkien himself said that the ‘strange stars’ apply strictly only to the Harad, which was located in the southern hemisphere, and not to Rhûn (Unfinished Tales, 4, II, Note 10).