|Location||Southern end of Nen Hithoel, west bank|
|Description||Fortified (later ruined) hill|
|Other names||Hill of Sight, Hill of the Eye|
|Etymology||S. amon "hill" + hen "eye"|
|Events||Breaking of the Fellowship|
Amon Hen (Sindarin amon “hill” + hen “eye”) was the westernmost of the three peaks at the southern end of Nen Hithoel. On its eastern side at the foot of the hill lay the lawn of Parth Galen and the western portion of the Anduin that flowed past Tol Brandir. Above Parth Galen the hill rose in gentle slopes to its flattened summit. Just to the south of the hill was the North Stair. The western face of the hill was steeper than on the east.
Upon Amon Hen were the remains of a road from long ago, now dwindled to little more than a path. In places where the hill grew steep, stairs had been hewn, although over time they had become cracked, worn, and split by tree roots. The path wound through rowan trees to the summit, where there was a wide flat circle paved with large stones and encircled with a ruined battlement. In the center of the circle was an ancient chair, the Seat of Seeing.
Aragorn said that the high seat upon Amon Hen had been made in the days of the great kings and that a watch had been kept there. Later it is stated that the Seat of Seeing was on the Hill of the Eye of the Men of Númenor. It is thus open to interpretation whether this site was constructed during the early years of Gondor or sometime in the Second Age.
Portrayal in Adaptations
- When Boromir confronted Frodo there was a large, stone head half-buried in the hillside, which was not mentioned in the book. The scene and activity at the summit was also considerably changed.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Breaking of the Fellowship"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Great River"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"