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"See! The beacons of Gondor are alight, calling for aid. War is kindled. See, there is the fire on Amon Dîn, and flame on Eilenach; and there they go speeding west: Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad, and the Halifirien on the borders of Rohan."
Gandalf, in The Return of the King
Beacons of War

A fire on a Beacon-hill as depicted in Peter Jackson's The Return of the King

The Beacon-hills of Gondor were a group of foot-hills which the Gondorians placed great fireplaces on to act as an alarm system to warn the Kingdom of Gondor in the event of an attack.

History[]

The Beacon-hills of Gondor were seven foot-hills in the range of the White Mountains on which were placed great beacons. These Beacon-hills were permanently manned by Gondorians. From east to west they were; Amon Dîn, Eilenach, Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad, and Amon Anwar (or Halifirien). Amon Dîn, Eilenach, and Min-Rimmon were the oldest of the Beacon-hills of Gondor.[1][2] The Beacon-wardens who manned the beacon on Halifirien dwelt in the Firien Wood.

In the late Second Age and early Third Age, the Beacon-hills of Gondor mainly served to warn southern Gondor of a danger to the northern province of Calenardhon, or vice versa, but after the Steward of Gondor Cirion granted Calenardhon to the Éothéod, they were used mainly to warn the people in Anórien of danger. Calls for aid between Gondor and Rohan were exchanged by a messenger carrying the Red Arrow instead.

During the War of the Ring, the beacon system on the Beacon-hills was utilized on March 9 3019, two days before the Siege of Gondor by Sauron's army began.

In adaptations[]

Beacon-hills of Gondor

The beacon on Eilenach as seen in The Return of the King film

One of the major changes made to the story by Peter Jackson's film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is that when Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas Tirith, the beacons were not lit, since the despairing Denethor has decided not to send for help. In the movie there is a beacon just above the city, and to summon the Rohirrim, Gandalf asks Pippin to evade the guards and light it. Once he has done so, the film depicts the other beacons being lit one by one until the last is sighted by Aragorn who is in Edoras, and it is this (and not the Red Arrow, which is not mentioned in the film) which finally helps him to persuade Théoden to muster the Rohirrim to Gondor's aid.

In the films, there can appear more beacons than the seven described in the book - however, the filmmakers actually displayed each beacon being lit from several angles, such that beacons shown up-close are seen again in the distance of the next shot. The film does differ from Tolkien's writings in placing the first beacon directly above Minas Tirith, instead of atop the separate hill of Amon Dîn. The beacons are seen situated at considerable altitudes that would make permanent manning impractical, and generating sufficient flame very difficult. The last beacon, Halifirien, is not within view of Edoras in the books.

Translations[]

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Baken-heuwels van Gondor
Albanian Kodrat e fenerit të Gondorit
Arabic تلال بيكون في غوندور
Armenian Գոնդորի փարոս բլուրներ
Azerbaijani Gondorun Mayak Təpələri
Basque Gondorreko Baliza muinoak
Belarusian Cyrillic Маяковыя пагоркі Гондара
Bengali গন্ডোরের বীকন পাহাড়
Bulgarian Cyrillic Бийкън хълмове на Гондор
Catalan Turons de balises de Góndor
Chinese 刚铎的灯塔山
Croatian Svjetionik brežuljci Gondora
Czech Majákové kopce Gondoru
Danish Gondors Ledestjerne-bakker
Dutch Bakenheuvels van Gondor
Esperanto Signostangomontetoj de Gondor
Estonian Gondori majakamäed
Faroese Gondors Ljósmerkifjøllunum
Finnish Gondorin kokkovaarat
French Collines balisedu du Gondor
Frisian Beaken heuvels fan Gondor (Western)
Galician Baliza-outeiros de Gondor
German Leuchtfeuerberge von Gondor
Greek Υφαλοδείκτης λόφοι του Γκόντορ
Hebrew גבעות הביקון של גונדור
Hindi गोंडोर की बीकन पहाड़ियाँ
Hungarian Gondor Jeladó Dombjai
Icelandic Vegvitar hæðirnar í Gondor
Indonesian Bukit-bikit Rambu suar Gondor
Italian Colline di Segnalazione di Gondor
Japanese ゴンドールのビーコンヒルズ
Kannada ಗೊಂಡೋರ್ನ ಬೀಕನ್ ಬೆಟ್ಟಗಳು
Kazakh Гондордың Маяк төбелері (Cyrillic) Gondordıñ Mayak töbeleri (Latin)
Korean 곤도르의 등대 언덕
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Гондордун Маяк адырлары
Latvian Gondoras Bākukalni
Lithuanian Gondoro Švyturių kalvos
Luxembourgish Beaken hiwwele vu Gondor
Macedonian Cyrillic Ридовите на светилникот на Гондор
Malayalam ഗോണ്ടോറിലെ ബീക്കൺ കുന്നുകൾ
Malaysian Bukit-bukit suar Gondor
Maltese Għoljiet xempju ta' Gondor
Maori Nga Puke rama rama o Gondor
Marathi गोंडोरच्या बीकन टेकड्या
Nepalese गोन्डोरको बीकन पहाडहरू
Norwegian Gondors Fyrtårn-bakker
Pashto د ګونډور د بیکن غونډۍ
Persian تپه های فانوس دریایی گوندور
Polish Wzgórza latarniane Gondoru
Portuguese Colinas Baliza de Gondor
Punjabi ਗੋਂਡੋਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਬੀਕਨ ਪਹਾੜੀਆਂ
Romanian Dealurile Far din Gondor
Russian Сигнальные холмы Гондора
Sanskrit गोण्डोरस्य बीकनपर्वताः
Sardinian Colinas de su farru de Gondor
Serbian Светионик брда Гондора (Cyrillic) Svetionik brda Gondora (Latin)
Sicilian Collini di faro di Gondor
Sinhalese ගොන්ඩෝර් වල බීකන් කඳු
Slovak Majákové kopce Gondoru
Slovenian Svetilnik griči Gondorja
Spanish Almenaras colinas de Gondor
Swahili Vilima ya Mwangaza ya Gondor
Swedish Gondors Fyrbåk kullar
Tajik Cyrillic Теппаҳои машъали Гондор
Tamil கோண்டோர் பெக்கான் மலைகள்
Tatar Гондорның Маяк калкулыклары
Telugu గోండోర్ యొక్క బెకన్ కొండలు
Thai เนินเขาบีคอนแห่งกอนดอร์
Turkish Gondor'un Işaret Tepeleri
Turkmen Gondoryň Maýak Depeleri
Ukrainian Cyrillic Маякові Гори Гондору
Urdu گونڈور کی بیکن ہلز
Uzbek Гондорнинг Маёқли тепаликлари (Cyrillic) Gondorning Mayoqli tepaliklari (Latin)
Venetian Colline de faro de Gondor
Vietnamese Đồi Đèn hiệu của Gondor
Yiddish ביקאַן היללס פון גאָנדאָר
Yoruba Beakoni Òke ti Gondor
Beacon-hills of Gondor
Amon Dîn | Eilenach | Nardol | Erelas | Min-Rimmon | Calenhad | Amon Anwar (Halifirien)


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