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Erelas

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Gondor

Location: A foothill of the White Mountains in central Anórien, holding the fourth of the seven beacons of Gondor.

Description:

Map of Anórien.
Map of Anórien, showing Erelas, the middle beacon hill.
'The beacons of Gondor are alight, calling for aid.... See, there is the fire on Amon Dîn, and flame on Eilenach; and there they go speeding west: Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad, and the Halifirien on the borders of Rohan.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith

Erelas  Fourth of the beacons of Gondor in Ered Nimrais.... It was a green hill without trees....

Unfinished Tales, Index

And so King Théoden departed from his own realm, and mile by mile the long road wound away, and the beacon hills marched past: Calenhad, Min-Rimmon, Erelas, Nardol. But their fires were quenched.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 3, The Muster of Rohan


Etymology
Probably a pre-Númenórean name; although the name is Sindarin in style it has no suitable meaning in that language. It was a green hill without trees, so that neither er- "single" nor las(s) "leaf" seem applicable.

Unfinished Tales, Index

Contributors:
Lyllyn 14Feb04
Elena Tiriel 10Aug10

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