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Dates
Made during the Years of the Trees; brought to Middle-earth in II 3319 and installed in the Tower of Amon Sûl; removed to Fornost III 1409; lost in the Icebay of Forochel III 1974
Location
Originally held in the Tower of Amon Sûl
Origins
Created by Fëanor
Race
Made by the Elves, but held by Men in Middle-earth
Division
Culture
Men of Arnor, and later Men of Arthedain
Family
Pronunciation
Amon Sûl is pronounced 'a'mon soo'l'
Meaning
Amon Sûl means literally 'hill of the wind' (but is usually translated 'Weathertop')

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Stone of Amon Sûl

The chief palantír of the North-kingdom

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Map showing the locations of the Stone of Amon Sûl

The Palantíri of Middle-earth

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 palantíri: so large, in fact, that it could not easily be transported, and so it remained set in its Tower throughout the early centuries of the Third Age.

When 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 companions1. It was finally lost when Arvedui took it aboard an Elven-ship that foundered in the Icebay of Forochel.


Notes

1

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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