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Amon Ethir

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Beleriand & North

Meaning: The Hill of Spies

Other Names
The Spyhill

Location: A great earthwork raised by Finrod Felagund three miles east of the entrance to Nargothrond; used as a lookout point.


Map of West Beleriand.
West Beleriand; though not shown, Amon Ethir is near the Narog, at the entrance to Nargothrond.
And after three days' journeying [from the Meres of Twilight through Talath Dirnen] they came to Amon Ethir, the Hill of Spies....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 21, Of Túrin Turambar

Now Amon Ethir was a mound as great as a hill that long ago Felagund had caused to be raised with great labour in the plain before his Doors, a league 1 east of Narog. It was tree-grown, save on the summit, whence a wide view might be had all ways of the roads that led to the great bridge of Nargothrond and of the lands round about. 2 To this hill they came late in the morning and climbed up from the east. Then looking out towards the High Faroth, brown and bare beyond the river, Mablung saw with elven-sight the terraces of Nargothrond on the steep west bank, and as a small black hole in the hill-wall the gaping Doors of Felagund.

The Children of Húrin, Ch 14, The Journey of Morwen and Niënor to Nargothrond

1A league is approximately three miles.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Appendix, Númenórean Linear Measures

2Upon all [Talath Dirnen] the Elves of Nargothrond kept unceasing watch; and every hill upon its borders was crowned with hidden towers, and through all its woods and fields archers ranged secretly and with great craft. Their arrows were sure and deadly, and nothing crept there against their will.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 19, Of Beren and Lúthien

Elena Tiriel 19Sep08, 21Sep08, 14Mar11

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