White Mountains (Middle-earth)
The White Mountains, a loose translation of the
SindarinEred Nimrais "Whitehorn Mountains", is a fictional mountainrange in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. The mountains are named after the glaciers of their highest peaks. The range lies mostly East-West, but also has a northern section, which is separated from the main line of the "Hithaeglir" " Misty Mountains" by the Gap of Rohan. Even at the southern latitude of Gondor and Rohan, the White Mountains bear snow even in summer, suggesting they are extremely high. The range has no passes. The Paths of the Deadpass under it, but only the most courageous (or foolhardy) ever venture that route. The White Mountains form the northern boundary of Gondorand the southern boundary of Rohanexcept in their easternmost provinces, where Gondor's province of Anórienlies to the north of the mountains.
Its notable peaks include "Irensaga" "Iron Saw" and "Starkhorn". Between these two lies the "Dwimorberg", entrance to the Paths of the Dead.At the eastern end, the city of
Minas Tirithis carved into "Mindolluin" mountain. The Warning beacons of Gondorare placed on top of seven peaks in the range: "Amon Dîn", "Eilenach", "Nardol", "Erelas", "Min-Rimmon", "Calenhad" and "Halifirien".
rivers rise in the White Mountains, among them the Adorn(a tributary of Isen), the Snowbournand Mering Stream(tributaries of the Entwash), and, on the south side, the Erui, a tributary of Anduin, the Ringlóand its tributary Ciril, which together with the Morthondall enter the Bay of Belfalasat Edhellondnear Dol Amroth; the Lefnuiof the Anfalas, and the Five Rivers of Lebennin.
Second Age, the White Mountains were populated by a people related to the Dunlendingswho had been servants of Sauron. They swore allegiance to Isildur, but betrayed him and were cursed: they became known as the Dead Men of Dunharrow, of the paths Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and the Rangers later took. Before the Dunlendings, the White Mountains had been home to the "Púkel-Men" or Drúedain.
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