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Mindolluin or Mount Mindolluin was the easternmost peak of the Ered Nimrais (White Mountains), below and to the east of which stood the city of Minas Tirith.[1]

There was an ancient steep path into the southern foothills of Mindolluin, leading to a high hallow far above the city where only the Kings of Gondor visited. Standing in this spot one could look over a precipice to the towers of the city far below.

The White Sapling by Darrell Sweet

Shortly after Aragorn's coronation as Elessar, on 25 June[2][note 1], Gandalf took him by the forgotten path to the high hallow where the newly crowned king could view the vastness of his realm. When he remarked that the White Tree of Gondor in the Court of the Fountain was still withered, Gandalf bade him to turn about. Opposite the precipice was an otherwise barren stony slope upon which one growing thing could be seen, a sapling of the line of Nimloth. Aragorn removed the tree and brought it to the Citadel for planting as a sign of rebirth, and for Arwen to come to Gondor and be his queen.[3]


[edit] Etymology

Mindolluin is Sindarin for "towering-head-blue".[4]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

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Mindolluin stands 10,459 feet tall, towering above the snowline. The High Hallow of Mindolluin is one of the holiest sites in Gondor.[5][6][7]


  1. The date is problematic, as the narrative in the chapter The Steward and the King suggests that the sapling was planted before June.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  4. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  5. Mark Rabuck (1992), Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer (#4002)
  6. Graham Staplehurst (1994), Minas Tirith (2nd edition) (#2007)
  7. Jason Beresford, Anders Blixt, Mats Blomqvist, Gunnar Brolin, Jeff Hatch, Tim Innes, Åke Rosenius, Martin Rundkvist, Erik, Rågvik, Chris Seeman, Magnus Seter (1996), Southern Gondor: The Land (#2021)