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'''Weathertop''' ([[Sindarin]] '''Amon Sûl''', "Hill of Wind") is a significant hill in the [[Eriador]] region of [[Middle-earth]], the southernmost and highest summit of the '''Weather Hills'''.
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'''Weathertop''' ([[Sindarin]] '''Amon Sûl''', "Hill of Wind") is a significant hill in [[Eriador]], the southernmost and highest summit of the [[Weather Hills]].
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Weathertop overlooks the [[Great East Road]] east of [[Bree]], about midway between [[The Shire]] and [[Rivendell]]. The hill rises a thousand feet above the level lands round about, and was the site of a watchtower in the days of [[Arnor]]. The watchtower and fortifications were burned and destroyed in [[Third Age 1409|T.A. 1409]], but the top is still flat and surrounded by a ring of stones. A path leads from the top northward, connecting to the other fortresses of the Weather Hills. The tower originally held one of the seven [[Palantíri]].
  
Weathertop overlooks the [[Great East Road]] east of [[Bree]], about midway between [[The Shire]] and [[Rivendell]]. The hill rises a thousand feet above the level lands round about, and was the site of a watchtower in the days of [[Arnor]]. The watchtower and fortifications were burned and destroyed in [[Third Age|T.A.]] 1409, but the top is still flat and surrounded by a ring of stones. A path leads from the top northward, connecting to the other fortresses of the Weather Hills. The tower originally held one of the seven [[Palantíri]].
 
  
[[Image:Map of Weathertop.jpg|thumb|left]]
 
 
Weathertop is not mentioned in ''[[The Hobbit]]'', but is a scene of action in ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''. After fleeing from Bree, [[Aragorn|Strider]] and the [[Hobbits]] avoid the main road and approach Weathertop from the north. At the top they discover a [[uncommon words|cairn]] with a message from [[Gandalf]], and see the [[Ringwraiths]] approaching in the distance along the road. That night, the Ringwraiths attack their camp in a dell below the summit, stabbing [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] with a [[Morgul blade]], but then being driven off by the others.
 
Weathertop is not mentioned in ''[[The Hobbit]]'', but is a scene of action in ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''. After fleeing from Bree, [[Aragorn|Strider]] and the [[Hobbits]] avoid the main road and approach Weathertop from the north. At the top they discover a [[uncommon words|cairn]] with a message from [[Gandalf]], and see the [[Ringwraiths]] approaching in the distance along the road. That night, the Ringwraiths attack their camp in a dell below the summit, stabbing [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] with a [[Morgul blade]], but then being driven off by the others.
  
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== References ==
 
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* ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', book 1, ch. 11
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* ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', [[A Knife in the Dark]].
* ''[[The Atlas of Middle-earth]]'', which has a detailed map of the hill
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* ''[[The Atlas of Middle-earth]]'' by [[Karen Wynn Fonstad]].
  
 
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Weathertop
Physical Description
TypeHill
LocationEriador
RealmsArnor
DescriptionHill with tower/ruins of tower
General Information
Other namesAmon Sûl

Weathertop (Sindarin Amon Sûl, "Hill of Wind") is a significant hill in Eriador, the southernmost and highest summit of the Weather Hills.

Weathertop overlooks the Great East Road east of Bree, about midway between The Shire and Rivendell. The hill rises a thousand feet above the level lands round about, and was the site of a watchtower in the days of Arnor. The watchtower and fortifications were burned and destroyed in T.A. 1409, but the top is still flat and surrounded by a ring of stones. A path leads from the top northward, connecting to the other fortresses of the Weather Hills. The tower originally held one of the seven Palantíri.


Weathertop is not mentioned in The Hobbit, but is a scene of action in The Lord of the Rings. After fleeing from Bree, Strider and the Hobbits avoid the main road and approach Weathertop from the north. At the top they discover a cairn with a message from Gandalf, and see the Ringwraiths approaching in the distance along the road. That night, the Ringwraiths attack their camp in a dell below the summit, stabbing Frodo with a Morgul blade, but then being driven off by the others.

Inspiration

  • Possibly the Rednal Hill of the Lickey Hills, Worcestershire, England.
"The boys [ Ronald and Hilary ] had the freedom of these grounds [Rednal, Worcestershire], and further afield they could roam the steep paths that led through the trees to the high Lickey Hill"
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

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