12 January 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 196: Amon Sûl

Amon Sûl (S. ‘Hill of Winds’) was the tower built upon the summit of Weathertop by Elendil. After Arnor had been divided into three separate states in the Third Age, Amon Sûl marked the point at which the three states came together. The tower of Amon Sûl was also home to the only remaining Palantír of the North-kingdom. The tower and its Seeing-stone remained a constant source of conflict among the three kingdoms.

In TA 1409, an army marched out of Rhudaur and attacked Weathertop in the hopes of razing the tower of Amon Sûl; in the ensuing retreat, the Palantír of Amon Sûl was taken to Fornost, though it was later lost at sea. Following the ending of the North-kingdom, the Weather Hills lost their strategic significance, and the tower of Amon Sûl fell to ruin.

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