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Er, what is this place, exactly? I can't find it on any of my maps or indices. —Tar-Telperien 23:11, 7 December 2006 (EST)

I had never come accross this reference, but from the description they seem to be the unnamed hills around Dor-en-Ernil and Belfalas. I have, however, found a reference to Tarnost in The History of Middle-earth book 8, The War of the Ring: in my edition it's page 437 (paragraph 13, chapter The Second Map). Tarnost is pencilled as a name of a place on the northern end of the hills in an early version of a map of Gondor. The root tar- certainly correlates with the name of the region, Dor-en-Ernil, but whether Tarnost was meant to stand is debatable. I have found no reference to the name "Hills of Tarnost" anywhere (except Wikipedia). --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 20:25, 9 December 2006 (EST)
The hills of Tarnost are mentioned in The History of Middle-earth book 9, Sauron Defeated, pages 15 and 17 (editor's comment). In a rejected preliminary version of 'The March of Aragorn and defeat of the Haradrim' Tolkien describes the route of the Grey Company and writes: 'From Erech a road ran by [the] sea, skirting in a loop the hills of Tarnost, and so to Ethir Anduin and the Lebennin'.

What it comes to the name, I suppose that it should be divided tarn-ost, the latter part meaning 'fortress, fortified city', but tarn is a puzzle to me. Could it be related to q. tarna 'crossing, passage'? --Tik 02:33, 19 September 2007 (EDT)
Thanks, Tik! 9 years too late, but now the info from Sauron Defeated has been added and the text has been amended. ;-) --Morgan 00:25, 27 September 2016 (UTC)