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Tower of Amon Sûl

Type: Fortresses, Towers, Defenses

Region: Arnor/Eriador/Lindon

Location: An ancient watch-tower on the summit of Weathertop, in the Weather Hills; built by Elendil; original location of the main palantír of Arnor.

Description:

'[In] the first days of the North Kingdom, they built a great watch-tower on Weathertop, Amon Sûl they called it.... [Once] it was tall and fair.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

[The] Tower [was] built there by Elendil....

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Northern Line of Arnor: The Isildurioni

'It is told that Elendil stood there watching for the coming of Gil-galad out of the West, in the days of the Last Alliance.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

[The palantíri] of Elendil were set in towers upon Emyn Beraid, and upon Amon Sûl, and in the city of Annúminas.

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Both Rhudaur and Cardolan desired to possess Amon Sûl (Weathertop), which stood on the borders of their realms; for the Tower of Amon Sûl held the chief Palantír of the North, and the other two were both in the keeping of Arthedain.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur: The North-kingdom and the Dúnedain

'The Men of the West did not live here; though in their latter days they defended the hills for a while against the evil that came out of Angmar.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

A great host came out of Angmar in 1409, and crossing the river entered Cardolan and surrounded Weathertop. The Dúnedain were defeated.... The Tower of Amon Sûl was burned and razed; but the palantír was saved and carried back in retreat to Fornost....

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur

'[Nothing] remains of it now but a tumbled ring, like a rough crown on the old hill's head.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 6Jul06

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