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Arandor

Type: Kingdoms, Realms, Lands

Region: Numenor

Meaning: Kingsland

Location: The eastern section of the Mittalmar, the central region of the island of Númenor.

Description: The land of Númenor resembled in outline a five-pointed star ... The central portion was called Mittalmar (Inlands), and it had no coast, except the land about Rómenna and the head of its firth. A small part of the Mittalmar was however, separated from the rest, and called Arandor, the Kingsland. In Arandor were the haven of Rómenna, the Meneltarma, and Armenelos, the City of the Kings; and it was at all times the most populous region of Númenor.

Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 1, Description of the Island of Númenor

... in the midst of the land was a mountain tall and steep, and it was named the Meneltarma, the Pillar of Heaven, and upon it was a high place that was hallowed to Eru Ilúvatar.... At the feet of the mountain were built the tombs of the Kings, and hard by upon a hill was Armenelos, fairest of cities, and there stood the tower and the citadel that was raised by Elros....

The Silmarillion, Akallabêth

The base of the Meneltarma sloped gently into the surrounding plain, but it extended, after the fashion of roots, five long low ridges outwards in the direction of the five promontories of the land; and these were called Tarmasundar, the Roots of the Pillar. Along the crest of the south-western ridge the climbing road approached the mountain; and between this ridge and that on the south-east the land went down into a shallow valley. That was named Noirinan, the Valley of the Tombs....

Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 1, Description of the Island of Númenor

The chief and most ancient road suitable for wheels, ran from the greatest port, Rómenna in the east, to the royal city of Armenelos, and thence on to the Valley of the Tombs and the Meneltarma....

Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 1, Description of the Island of Númenor

Contributors: Zimraphel. 6Jul03.
Elena Tiriel 28Feb05

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