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"This is the Window of the Sunset, Henneth Annûn, fairest of all the falls of Ithilien, land of many fountains."
Faramir, The Two Towers

Henneth Annûn, also called the Window of the Sunset, or Window on the West, was a hidden refuge of the Rangers of Ithilien in the northern part of Ithilien along the Ephel Dúath, the Mountains of Shadow. The waterfall cascading over the cliff-face had originally run through the cave itself, but was altered to flow over one of the entrances; this likeness to a window gave Henneth Annûn its name. There were two entrances into the cave system- one being the route through which Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins were led, and the other being the window itself. At the bottom of the window was a bowl full of sharp stone knives, the Forbidden Pool.


Like the other hidden refuges of Gondor in Ithilien, Henneth Annûn was created by the Steward Túrin II circa TA 2901 in response to incursions of Orcs from Mordor. Henneth Annûn was the longest-lasting of all the refuges in Ithilien. During the War of the Ring, Faramir, son of the Steward of Gondor, Denethor II, made it his base of operations. Caught in Ithilien, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee were taken there to be questioned by Faramir. Requiring the utmost security, the ring-bearer and his servant were blindfolded until arrival at the refuge.

Gollum found the Forbidden Pool quite by accident whilst he was diving for fish. The penalty for coming to Henneth Annûn without permission was death. However, Frodo convinced Faramir to spare Gollum, and he was also taken to the cave blindfolded.

The refuge's garrison departed just after the Ring-bearer, and was used to reinforce the western half of Osgiliath against the forces of Minas Morgul.[citation needed]


Henneth Annûn was Sindarin for "Window of the West."[citation needed]


Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic هنث أنون
Amharic ሄነዝ አኑን
Armenian Հենեթ Անուն
Assamese হেনেথ এন্নুন
Belarusian Cyrillic Хенет Анун
Bengali হেনেথ আনুন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Хенет Анун
Chinese 漢那斯安南
Danish Henneth Annûn ("Solnedgangsvinduet")
Greek Χένεθ Αννούν
Gujarati હેનેથ અન્નન
Hebrew הנת אנון
Hindi हेनेथ अन्नुन
Japanese ヘンネス・アンヌーン
Kannada ಹೆನ್ನೆತ್ ಅನ್ನುನ್
Korean 헤네스 아눈
Pashto هینیت انون
Persian هه‌نت آنون
Punjabi ਹੈਨੇਥ ਅੰਨੂਨ
Russian Хеннет Аннун
Sanskrit हेन्नेथ अन्नुन्
Serbian Хенет Аннун (Cyrillic) Henet Annun (Latin)
Sinhalese හෙනෙත් ඇනන්
Tamil ஹெனெத் அன்னூன்
Telugu హెన్నెత్ అన్నూన్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Геннет-Аннун
Urdu ہینتھ اینون
Yiddish חעננעטה אַננון