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J.R.R. Tolkien - Taniquetil.jpg
Physical Description
LocationCentral Aman
Belongs toThe Pelóri
DescriptionThe tallest mountain peak in Arda
General Information
Other namesOiolossë
The Holy Mountain

Taniquetil or Oiolossë, the great Holy Mountain, was the highest of the mountains of Pelóri and the tallest peak in Arda. On its summit was raised Ilmarin, the mansions of Manwë and Varda.[1]

According to The Annals of Aman, it was raised 3,450 Valian Years (or 33,000 solar years) after the Valar arrived in Aman.[source?]


[edit] Etymology

Taniquetil (or Taníquetil) is Quenya (pronounced [taˈnikʷetil]) and means "high-snow-peak".[2] The name can be analyzed as ta- (cf. tára) "high", nique "white" and til "point".[3]

[edit] Other names

The mountain was also called Amon Uilos, the White Mountain, the Mountain of Manwë,[1], Arfanyarassë (or Arfanyaras; Q. "High shining white peak"),[4] Taniquetilde Tára[source?], and Elerrína.

In the Song of Eärendil it is named Hill of Ilmarin.[5]

In Valarin it was called dāhan-igwiš-telgūn, or less properly Dahanigwistilgūn.[6]

[edit] See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson) pp. 26, 168
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, pp. 403, 416
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Author's Notes to Quendi and Eldar", pp. 416-7 (note 36)