Tirin na Gilweth

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Cortirion by J.R.R. Tolkien, depicting the tower of Ingil

Tirin na Gilweth[note 1] was the great tower of Kortirion according to the early version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales. It was built by Ingil son of Inwë after his return to Tol Eressëa following the March of Liberation.[1][2]

The tower was described as being "tall and grey",[3] and Kortirion itself was named after it.[2]

At the foot of the tower was the dwelling of Meril-i-Turinqi, the Lady of Tol Eressëa, amidst a korin of elms.[4]

Etymology[edit]

Tirin na Gilweth is Gnomish for "Tower of Gilweth", consisting of the elements tirin ("tower") + na ("of the") + Gilweth (the Gnomish name of Ingil).[5]

The tower was also called Ingil's Tirin.[6]

Inspiration[edit]

Tirin na Gilweth might have been inspired by the great tower of Warwick Castle (the town of Warwick being the main inspiration behind the city of Kortirion).[3]

Notes

  1. The name Tirin na Gilweth only appears in Parma Eldalamberon, a linguistic journal.

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