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==History==
 
==History==
 
The mountain, also known as the '''Holy Mountain''', was sacred to the [[Númenóreans]] as a holy place devoted to [[Ilúvatar|Eru Ilúvatar]]. A requirement of absolute silence was imposed on any who climbed the mountain. The tradition was so strong and universal that even foreigners felt bound by it.
 
The mountain, also known as the '''Holy Mountain''', was sacred to the [[Númenóreans]] as a holy place devoted to [[Ilúvatar|Eru Ilúvatar]]. A requirement of absolute silence was imposed on any who climbed the mountain. The tradition was so strong and universal that even foreigners felt bound by it.
Only the King was allowed to utter prayers and thanksgivings to Eru Ilúvatar, during the feasts of [[Erukyermë]], [[Erulaitalë]] and [[Eruhantalë]].
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Only the King was allowed to utter prayers and thanksgivings to [[Ilúvatar|Eru Ilúvatar]], during the feasts of [[Erukyermë]], [[Erulaitalë]] and [[Eruhantalë]].
  
 
Birds and animals did not approach the site, and only the [[Eagles|Eagles of Manwë]] were seen circling over the summit. They were also regarded as sacred guardians of the mountain and all the land.
 
Birds and animals did not approach the site, and only the [[Eagles|Eagles of Manwë]] were seen circling over the summit. They were also regarded as sacred guardians of the mountain and all the land.

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