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Calenhad

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Gondor

Meaning: green space

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

Description:

Map of Anórien.
Map of Anórien, showing Calenhad, the sixth 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

Calenhad  Sixth of the beacons of Gondor in Ered Nimrais.

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
calen (galen)  the usual Sindarin word for 'green', in Ard-galen, Tol Galen, Calenardhon; also in Parth Galen ('Green Sward') beside Anduin and Pinnath Gelin ('Green Ridges') in Gondor.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

The name probably meant 'green space', with reference to the flat turf-covered 'crown' of the hill: had being derived, with the usual mutation in combinations, from sad 'place, spot'.

Unfinished Tales, Index

Contributors:
Lyllyn 14Feb04
Elena Tiriel 10Aug10

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