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Established as the Hill of Hearing in the early days of Gondor, possibly before the end of the Second Age1
The eastern shores of Nen Hithoel, above the Falls of Rauros
Used as the Hill of Hearing, the counterpart of Amon Hen, the Hill of Sight, by the ancient Gondorians
a'mon lh'au2
Literally 'Hill of the Ear'3
Other names


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Amon Lhaw

The Hill of Hearing in the eastern Emyn Muil

Map of Amon Lhaw

The Hill of Hearing that was the twin of Amon Hen, the Hill of Sight. It lay among the Emyn Muil on the eastern banks of the Anduin, above the Falls of Rauros. At one time, centuries before the War of the Ring, it had been part of the northern borderlands of Gondor.



Our evidence for the establishment of Amon Lhaw as the Hill of Hearing is scant, and consists of a single mention by Aragorn that this happened in the time of the 'great kings' of Gondor (The Fellowship of the Ring II 9, The Great River). Exactly who these Kings might have been is not explained, but the comment likely referred back to the foundational times of Gondor when Isildur and Anárion ruled the kingdom together and constructed many great works. Our best evidence suggests, however, that the nearby Pillars of the Kings were raised by Rómendacil II long after the foundation of Gondor, and it seems at least plausible that this might apply to Amon Lhaw as well. In that case it would have become the Hill of Hearing much later in Gondor's history, in about the year III 1250.


The combination lh represents a palatised l sound. That's a sound that occurs very rarely in English, but it might be approximated by the 'll' sound in the middle of the word 'million'. In Elvish, aw was pronounced approximately to rhyme with the English word 'now'. So the entire word lhaw (literally 'ear') was pronounced something like 'llau'.


The name Amon Lhaw translates literally as the 'Hill of the Ear' (as its counterpart Amon Hen translates as the 'Hill of the Eye'). While Amon Hen is often called the Hill of the Eye, however, the literal meaning 'Hill of the Ear' is not recorded as actually being used, and the name is always given in translation as the 'Hill of Hearing'. Of course, this may not mean that the hill was never called the 'Hill of the Ear' (it plays a relatively minor part in the narrative, so that alternative name might simply not have been used during the relevant events).


About this entry:

  • Updated 13 April 2021
  • Updates planned: 1

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