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Nardol

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Nardol was the third Beacon of Gondor. It stood on the broad end of a ridge of the White Mountains, west of the Druadan Forest, and the guard station maintained there could create a huge signal fire when needed. It was well-stored with fuel and at need a great blaze could be lit. Its fire could be visible on a clear night even as far as the Halifirien (some 120 miles to the west). The guard of Nardol also protected the quarries.[1][2]

A line of hills ran from Nardol to Amon Dîn.[3]

On the night of 7 March T.A. 3019 Gandalf and Pippin, riding east on Shadowfax, saw the beacons being lit to call for aid from Rohan.[4]

Etymology

Nardol is Sindarin, meaning "fire-hilltop" (naur "fire" + dol "hill"), because its beacon-fire was so bright.[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 510
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 19
Beacons of Gondor
Amon Dîn · Eilenach · Nardol · Erelas · Min-Rimmon · Calenhad · Halifirien