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Dates
Raised sometime after II 33201
Location
On the Tower Hills, Emyn Beraid, in the far west of Eriador
Origins
Constructed by the Elves of Lindon
Race
Made by Elves, but at least one of the Towers, Elostirion, was raised for Elendil, a Man
Settlements
Undertowers, the seat of the Fairbairn family of Hobbits, was made beneath the White Towers in the early Fourth Age
Important peaks
The White Towers stood on Emyn Beraid, the Tower Hills
Other names

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White Towers

The Elf-towers of Emyn Beraid

Three high Towers that rose from the hills known as Emyn Beraid, the Tower Hills, in the far west of Eriador. They were built by Gil-galad of Lindon for Elendil, and stood within the western borders of Arnor, the new land that Elendil founded in Middle-earth.

The tallest of the three White Towers, known as Elostirion, held one of the three palantíri of the North-kingdom, so attuned that Elendil could look through the Seeing-stone across the Great Sea into the lost West. This palantír remained in the Tower of Elostirion throughout the millennia of the Third Age, until it was returned to Aman aboard the White Ship.

Through most of the history of the Shire, the three Elf-towers were distant and mysterious buildings lying beyond the Hobbits' western borders. After the War of the Ring, however, the new King Elessar extended the western border of the Shire to create a new Westmarch that encompassed the White Towers on their Hills. From the year IV 31, then, the White Towers lay within the lands of the Shire-hobbits, and the new Wardens of Westmarch established themselves in the Tower Hills beneath the Towers themselves. Their new settlement was known as Undertowers, and would be important in the future history of the Shire and its people.


Notes

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At least one of the White Towers, Elostirion, was built to hold the Seeing-stone of Emyn Beraid, as a gift for Elendil. That tower must therefore have been built before Elendil's death in II 3441. Presumably the other towers were constructed at about the same time, though it is not impossible that these other towers were raised at some other time.

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