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Raised by the Valar at the end of the Spring of Arda1
In the Pelóri, the eastern mountain-shield of Aman
Ainur, and later Elves
Valar (Aratar); Elves of the Vanyar later dwelt on the slopes of the mountain
Ilmarin, the halls of Manwë and Varda, stood on the peak of the mountain
a'mon ui'los (ui is a diphthong, as in English 'ruin')
Other names


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Amon Uilos

Mount Everwhite

Map of Amon Uilos

The Sindarin equivalent of the Quenya name Oiolossë, the mountain of everlasting snow that towered above even the Pelóri, the tallest mountains in the world. It was better known by the name of Taniquetil, the great white mountain on the peak of which stood the halls of Manwë and Varda. From their thrones on the pinnacle of Amon Uilos they were said to be able to see the entirety of Arda.



According to the Annals of Aman in volume X of The History of Middle-earth, the mountain was raised some 3,450 Valian Years before the creation of the Moon and the Sun. This would convert to a period of approximately 14,800 solar years.


In general use, the Elvish word amon meant 'hill', while 'mountain' would usually be ered. Etymologically, however, amon originated as a word meaning any steep-sided height, and so it could be used of certain mountains as well as hills. This is the case with Amon Uilos (which was definitively a mountain, and indeed the tallest mountain in the world). Another example of this phenomenon is seen in Amon Amarth, the Sindarin name for Mount Doom.

Uilos is the Sindarin equivalent of Quenya Oiolossë, literally 'Ever-snow-white', also sometimes translated as 'Everlasting Whiteness'.


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