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Location
In Aman, to the south of Valinor
Pronunciation
hya'rmenteer
Meaning
Apparently 'southern watch'1

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Hyarmentir

A peak on the borders of Valinor

A mighty mountain to the south and east of Valinor - one of the tallest in Aman (though Taniquetil, to the north, was taller still). From its peak, Melkor and Ungoliant looked out over the Tree-lit land of the Valar, before they descended Hyarmentir's long, shallow western slopes and set out to destroy the light of the Two Trees.


Notes

1

The interpretation of the name Hyarmentir as 'southern watch' seems clear, though it is difficult to fully parse its meaning. The reason behind 'southern' or 'south' in its name is obvious, as it lay to the south of Valinor, but 'watch' is more problematic. The tir element usually implies a watch-tower or guard post, but in this case the Silmarillion goes out of its way to point out that the Valar did not maintain any watch in this area. Morgoth and Ungoliant stood on the summit of this mountain and looked out over Valinor before they attacked the Two Trees, and so perhaps it only subsequently acquired the name Hyarmentir in recollection of this event.

See also...

Darkening of Valinor

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