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Weather Hills

David Monette - Weathertop.jpg
Weather Hills
Physical Description
LocationCentral Eriador, northeast of Bree
RealmsArnor, Reunited Kingdom
DescriptionA hilly, defensive region
General Information
EventsAngmar War
ReferencesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Appendix A

Weather Hills was the name among Men for the north-south range of hills that lay in central Eriador, and in ancient times marked part of the border between the lands of Arthedain and Rhudaur. Weathertop, or Amon Sûl, lay at the southern end of the range. When Angmar was formed and Rhudaur became hostile to Arthedain, Argeleb I fortified the range but was later slain there by men of Rhudaur. Marks of this fortification still existed in the path Aragorn led the hobbits on to reach Weathertop.

[edit] Inspiration

  • Possibly the 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[s?]"
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The Weather Hills, called Emyn Sûl ("Hills of the Wind") in Sindarin, run some ninety miles northwest to southeast. Local inhabitants work a few small mines or keep grazing sheep.[1]

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Weather Hills form the boundary of Bree-land with the Lone-lands. A small river originated in the dell of Bleakrift a short distance north-west of Weathertop and flowed south-west into the Midgewater Marshes. The Midgewater Pass crossed this river, allowing passage into the hills north of the Great East Road. During the the War of the Ring, the hills were infested with orcs, goblins, half-orcs and wargs both from Angmar and from Isengard. The Ranger Candaith watched over the hills before traveling south as part of the Grey Company.


  1. Wesley J. Frank, et al. (1997), Arnor: The Land (#2023), pp. 23, 49