S. Amon Lhaw loc. “Hill of Hearing, (lit.) *Hill of Ears”

S. Amon Lhaw, loc. “Hill of Hearing, (lit.) *Hill of Ears”

A hill on the shore of Nen Hithoel, companion to Amon Hen. This name was usually translated “Hill of Hearing” (LotR/393), but more literally meant “*Hill of Ears” (LotR/400, PE17/77). It is a combination of amon “hill” and lhaw “ears”, the plural of lheweg “ear”.

Conceptual Development: The first mention of these hills in Lord of the Rings drafts were a collection of experimental names like N. Lhawhen that combined the elements of hearing and sight (TI/387). When the hills were separated, this one was named ᴹQ. Larmindon “*Listen Tower” (TI/364), but it was soon changed to N. Amon Lhaw (TI/364).

References ✧ LotR/393; LotRI/Amon Lhaw, Hill of Hearing; PE17/77

Glosses

Elements

amon “hill, mountain with steep sides; lump, clump, mass”
lheweg “ear” dual ✧ PE17/77 (lhaw)

N. Amon Lhaw loc.

See S. Amon Lhaw for discussion.

References ✧ TI/364; TII/Amon Lhaw; WRI/Amon Lhaw

Elements

amon “hill”
S. lheweg “ear” dual

ᴹQ. Larmindon loc.

An earlier name for Amon Lhaw appearing in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (TI/364), apparently a combination of some form of the root ᴹ√LAS² having to do with hearing and mindon “tower”, as suggested by Roman Rausch (EE/2.61).

References ✧ TI/364; TII/Amon Lhaw, Larmindon

Changes

Elements

ᴹ√LAS² “listen”
#mindon “(isolated) tower”

N. Lhawhen loc.

A variety of names for the hills Amon Lhaw and Amon Hen first consider by Tolkien in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (TI/387). These names are all combinations of the elements lhaw “ears” or ᴹ√LAS² “listen” with hên “eye” or ᴹ√TIR “watch”, as analyzed by Roman Rausch (EE/2.61).

References ✧ TI/387

Variations