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At the southern end of the lake of Nen Hithoel, above the Falls of Rauros
'Spiked rock'2
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Tindrock Isle

The steep-sided isle of Nen Hithoel

Map of the Tindrock Isle
A view of the Tindrock Isle from the lake of Nen Hithoel to the north

The Mannish name for the steep, rocky island that stood at the southern end of Nen Hithoel, above the Falls of Rauros, often simply called 'The Tindrock'. The Elves called the island Tol Brandir ('steep-tower island') but the name Tindrock has slightly different origins. In Old English a tind is a sharp point, so the Tindrock was the 'pointed rock'.

The tall point of the Tindrock stood up between two hills, one on either of the shores of Nen Hithoel: Amon Hen to the west and Amon Lhaw to the east. In the great days of Gondor, these hills were important watch-posts at its northern borders. The island of the Tindrock, though, had never been visited by Men, or so the legends said.



The natural modern pronunciation of this name would be with a short 'i', as in the English word 'tin'. The original Old English tind, however, had a longer 'i' sound, so that it would rhyme with the word 'find'.


Tind is an Old English word for 'spike', which evolved into modern 'tine'. This part of the Tindrock's name, then, is cognate with the tine in the mountain name Silvertine, which means 'silver spike'.

See also...

Nen Hithoel


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