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A beacon was built on Min-Rimmon sometime before III 25101
In Anórien, about half-way between the Firien Wood to the west and the Drúadan Forest to the east
Minas Anor (later Minas Tirith) was built beneath this mountain
'Peak of the Rimmon'2
Other names
This beacon's name also appears in the forms 'Min-rimmon' and 'Minrimmon'.


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  • Updated 31 March 2001
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Beacon-hill of Gondor

Prominent peaks of the White Mountains

Beacons of Gondor

One of the seven beacon-hills of Gondor, on the northern flanks of the White Mountains. With Eilenach and Amon Dîn, Min-Rimmon was one of the oldest beacons, set in place even before the foundation of Rohan.



There is only one piece of definite evidence that bears on the foundation of Min-Rimmon's beacon, in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth. There (I 2 (iii) Cirion and Eorl, to be precise) we are told that the three oldest beacons (Amon Dîn, Eilenach and Min-Rimmon) were built to communicate with the northern defenders of Gondor before the foundation of Rohan in III 2510. The suggestion there is that the first beacons were constructed because of the loss of the palantíri, which took place between III 1437 (when the Stone of Osgiliath was lost during the Kin-strife) and III 2002 (with the loss of Minas Ithil to the Nazgûl, and with it the Ithil-stone). Orthanc's palantír also fell out of use during this period, probably with Gondor's abandonment of Orthanc in (probably) the seventeenth century of the Third Age. Min-Rimmon's beacon, then, was likely put in place during the latter half of the second millennium of the Third Age.


The meaning of Rimmon is uncertain, and indeed in Appendix F to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien specifically says that its ancient meaning had been forgotten. In his unfinished index to The Lord of the Rings Tolkien described it as a 'group of crags', but whether this was meant as an interpretation of the name, or merely a description, is not clear from the context. The element rim- can be read as a 'great number', so 'group of crags' is not implausible as an explanation of the name.


About this entry:

  • Updated 31 March 2001
  • Updates planned: 2

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