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Amon Lhaw seen from Amon Hen, as depicted in The Lord of the Rings Online

Amon Lhaw was one of the three peaks above the Falls of Rauros, where the Nen Hithoel was drained.[1][2]

This hill may have had special acoustical properties that enabled a person on its summit to hear for miles around, analogous to the Seat of Seeing on Amon Hen.

Description and history

Amon Lhaw lay on the eastern bank of the Anduin in the Emyn Muil, directly opposite Amon Hen upon the western bank. Between these peaks was the island of Tol Brandir.[1]

Amon Lhaw was formerly within the northern borderlands of Gondor, to the extent that a high seat (possibly named the Seat of Hearing) was built there. It was one of the two watchtowers of the marchlands of Gondor. However, centuries before the War of the Ring; by then, it had fallen under the influence of Mordor.[1]

In the year TA 3019 following the Breaking of the Fellowship at Parth Galen, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee took a boat across Nen Hithoel and landed on the southern slopes of Amon Lhaw by means of a shelving shore.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

Amon Lhaw is shown in The Lord of the Rings Online as a playable location. It appears briefly, though it is not named, in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.


Amon Lhaw is Sindarin for 'Hill of the Ear'. It was also called the Hill of Hearing in Westron.



Foreign Language Translated name
Bulgarian Cyrillic Амон Лав
Chinese 阿蒙羅山
Danish Amon Lhaw ("Den Lyttende Bakke")
Georgian ამონ ლაუ
Hebrew אמון לאו
Macedonian Cyrillic Амон Лав
Russian Амон Лау