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Treebeard's Hill

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns

Other Names Old Entish: a-lalla-lalla-rumba-kamanda- lind-or-burúmë

Location: A hill in the southeast corner of Fangorn forest, near the Entwash.

Description: The ground was rising steeply still, and it was becoming increasingly stony. ... there was a rock-wall before them: the side of a hill, or the abrupt end of some long root thrust out by the distant mountains. No trees grew on it, and the sun was falling full on its stony face. ...

In the face of the stony wall there was something like a stair: natural perhaps, and made by the weathering and splitting of the rock, for it was rough and uneven. High up, almost level with the tops of forest-trees, there was a shelf under a cliff. Nothing grew there but a few grasses and weeds at its edge, and one old stump of a tree with only two bent branches left: it looked almost like the figure of some gnarled old man, standing there, blinking in the morning-light. ...

They climbed and scrambled up the rock. If the stair had been made it was for bigger feet and longer legs than theirs. ... They came at length to the edge of the shelf almost at the feet of the old stump; then they sprang up and turned round with their backs to the hill, breathing deep, and looking out eastward. They saw that they had only come some three or four miles into the forest: the heads of the trees marched down the slopes towards the plain.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 4, Treebeard

They came at length to the steep abrupt end of Treebeard's Hill and looked up at the rock-wall with its rough steps leading to the high shelf. ...

The shelf faced southward and eastward; but only on the east was the view open. There he could see the heads of the trees descending in ranks towards the plain from which they had come.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider

'I can see and hear (and smell and feel) a great deal from this, from this, from this a-lalla-lalla-rumba-kamanda-lind-or-burúmë. Excuse me: that is a part of my name for it; I do not know what the word is in the outside languages: you know, the thing we are on, where I stand and look out on fine mornings, and think about the Sun, and the grass beyond the wood, and the horses, and the clouds, and the unfolding of the world.' ...

'But there, the Sun is going in. Let us leave this -- did you say what you call it?'

'Hill?' suggested Pippin. 'Shelf? Step?' suggested Merry.

Treebeard repeated the words thoughtfully. 'Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped. Never mind. Let us leave it, and go.'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 4, Treebeard

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 20Jan05, 28Jan05

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