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White Towers

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White Towers
Physical Description
TypeTowers
LocationWestern Eriador, in the Tower Hills
RealmsArnor
Lindon
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsElves
DescriptionThree great white towers where one of the Palantíri was posted

The White Towers were three tall towers located in the Emyn Beraid west of the Shire. The westernmost tower, called Elostirion,[1] had a palantír which looked ever westward towards Valinor.[2] From the top of Elostirion it was said that one could view the Sea.[3]

[edit] History

The White Towers were built on the Emyn Beraid by Gil-galad as a gift to Elendil,[4] perhaps after the founding of Arnor (S.A. 3320[5]).

They were sometimes the destination of pilgrimage by Wandering Companies of Elves who would gaze to Valinor through the palantír. Such a band, led by Gildor Inglorion, met Frodo, Sam, and Pippin in the Woody End of the Shire on 24 September T.A. 3018.[6]

In September 3021[7] the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings, including Frodo and Sam, passed the White Towers on their way to the Grey Havens.[8]

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[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

1988: J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth:

The White Towers can be seen at the background of the Towers Hills map.


[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Palantíri", note 2
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Palantíri", note 16
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"