Places in Middle-earth
Meaning: The Fencing, or Defensive Heights
Other Names The Mountains of Aman
Location: In Aman, very close to the eastern shore, in a crescent from north to south.
Description: 'Therefore at that time they fortified their land anew, and they raised up the mountain-walls of the Pelóri to sheer and dreadful heights, east, north, and south. Their outer sides were dark and smooth, without foothold or ledge, and they fell in great precipices with faces hard as glass, and rose up to towers with crowns of white ice. A sleepless watch was set upon them, and no pass led through them, save only at the Calacirya: but that pass the Valar did not close, because of the Eldar that were faithful, and in the city of Tirion upon the green hill Finarfin yet ruled the remnant of the Noldor in the deep cleft of the mountains… But in the Calacirya they set strong towers and many sentinels, and at its issue upon the plains of Valmar a host was encamped, so that neither bird nor beast nor elf nor man, nor any creature beside that dwelt in Middle-earth, could pass that leaguer.'
The Silmarillion, Ch 11, Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor
The two named peaks of the chain are Taniquetil and Hyamentir.
Contributors: Lyllyn 8.15.03
added Name: Elena Tiriel 27Dec04