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Around the base of the Hill of Anwar (later called the Halifirien) on the border between Gondor and Rohan
The Halifirien held one of the Beacons of Gondor
The Mering Stream rose in the Firien-dale and flowed through the Wood
Important peaks
Anwar is pronounced 'a'nwar'
Amwar means 'awe'
Other names
The Firien Wood, The Firienholt, The Halifirien Wood, The Whispering Wood; the western parts of the Wood were known as Everholt


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Wood of Anwar

The forest at the feet of the Hill of Awe

Map of the Wood of Anwar

The Hill of Anwar lay in the northern White Mountains, about two hundred miles to the west of Minas Tirith on the far borders of Anórien. Its name meant 'Hill of Awe', and that name also transferred to the wide forests that grew around its base. Indeed the sense of awe that filled the wood was such that the Men of Gondor came to call it the Whispering Wood, because they felt a need to speak in whispers when they entered it.

At the time of the foundation of Rohan, the reason for this strange sense of awe was discovered: the Tomb of Elendil lay in a hallow on the hill in the wood's centre. After that time the hill and the wood came to be more commonly known by names given them in the tongue of Rohan, but the same sense of reverence was retained in their new names. The mountain became the Halifirien ('holy mountain') and the Wood of Anwar became the Halifirien Wood.

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