Pinnath Gelin

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Pinnath Gelin
Range of hills
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"Pinnath Gelin" by Peter Xavier Price
General Information
Other namesGreen Hills, Green Slopes, Green Downs
LocationWestern Gondor
TypeRange of hills
DescriptionHill-range, with unnamed settlements
People and History
EventsWar of the Ring

Pinnath Gelin or Green Hills was a fief in the far west of Gondor, bounded to the west by the River Lefnui, and to the east by the Morthond.[1]


At the time of the War of the Ring, the lord of this region was Hirluin the Fair. He led three hundred of his soldiers to the defence of Minas Tirith, all dressed in green.[2] Hirluin never went back to the Green Hills of his home - he was slain in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[3]


Pinnath Gelin is a Sindarin name. It is usually translated as "Green Hills"[2][3] and sometimes as "Green Downs",[4] "Green Slopes", "Green Crests/Ridges"[5] or "Green-crests".[6] The first word was the dialectical Sindarin or Gondor Sindarin plural pinnath ("hill sides", "downs", "slopes", "crests", "ridges"). The second was a lenited version of the plural form of the word calen ("green").[5]