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Dates
Named the 'Halifirien' after the settlement of Rohan by the Rohirrim1
Location
The westernmost of the Beacons of Gondor, in the Firien Wood on the borders of Rohan
Race
Division
Culture
Source
The Mering Stream rose in the Firien-dale on the southern flanks of the Halifirien
Pronunciation
halifi'ree-en
Meaning
'Holy mountain'2
Other names

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Halifirien

The mountain of the Firien Wood

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Map of the Halifirien

Prominent peaks of the White Mountains

Beacons of Gondor

A mountain or tall hill that stood on the borders of Gondor and Rohan at the time of the War of the Ring. It was the ancient site of the Tomb of Elendil.


Notes

1

The timeline above shows the period during which the mountain was known as the 'Halifirien'. Its traditional Elvish name, used among the Gondorians, was Amon Anwar, 'Hill of Awe', but when Calenardhon was settled by the Northmen they gave it a name in their own tongue. It was after this time (Rohan was settled from III 2510) that Amon Anwar became known as the 'Halifirien' ('holy mountain'), and by the end of the Third Age this was its most usual name.

2

The mountain had long been considered a holy place (hence the original name 'Hill of Awe') but during most of the history of Gondor the reason for this was not generally known: on the mountain was a hallow that held the Tomb of Elendil. After the founding of Rohan, Elendil's tomb was relocated to Minas Tirith, but the Rohirrim maintained the tradition by calling the Halifirien 'holy mountain' in their own tongue.

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