Hill of Guard

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The Hill of Guard or Amon Tirith was the outlying hill on which Minas Tirith was built.[1] On its western side it was joined with Mount Mindolluin by a narrow shoulder which rose to the height of the fifth wall of the city.[2] It was originally called Amon Anor (S. 'Hill of the Sun')[3].

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Amon Tirith is the Sindarin[4] rendition of "Hill of Guard".[1] Paul Strack suggests that it is a combination of amon ("hill") and tirith ("watch", "guard").[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, entry Hill of Guard, p. 772
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith", p. 752
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XVII. Silvan Elves and Silvan Elvish", p. 364
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paul Strack, "S. Amon Tirith loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 30 April 2023)