of Palantíri Middle-earth The Anor-stone The Elendil Stone The Ithil-stone The Master Stone of Osgiliath The Orthanc-stone The Stone of Amon Sûl The Stone of Annúminas
Set in the
Tower of Amon Sûl at the heart of Arnor, the Stone of Amon Sûl was said to be the most powerful of the three possessed by the Northern Dúnedain. It was larger than most of the : so large, in fact, that it could not easily be transported, and so it remained set in its palantíri Tower throughout the early centuries of the Third Age.
Arnor broke up into three lesser realms, the Tower of Amon Sûl marked the point where the three new kingdoms met, and there was much conflict over the ownership of the powerful Stone. The Tower was ultimately destroyed by the forces of Angmar, but its Seeing-stone was rescued and carried away to Fornost. Centuries later, Fornost itself was overthrown by the Witch-king, but the Stone of Amon Sûl was rescued once again, and carried into the north by Arvedui and his companions . It was finally lost when 1 Arvedui took it aboard an Elven-ship that foundered in the Icebay of Forochel.
Appendix A to
The Lord of the Rings tells the story of Arvedui's escape into the cold north, but that account only mentions the Stone in passing. In fact, we know from other sources that it was too large and heavy for a single man to lift, and it must have been a tremendous burden on the long journey northwards.
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