Meneltarma was a sacred mountain in the center of Númenor. Its summit was flattened and broad, but able to contain a large multitude during religious ceremonies though no structures were ever erected on it.

It was sunken along with the rest of Númenor, but was believed to have risen once more out of the sea as a small island of Middle-earth.

History Edit

Silence was required, imposed on any one who climbed the mountain. The tradition was so strong and universal that even foreigners felt bound by it. The King alone was allowed to utter prayers and thanksgivings to Eru Ilúvatar, during the feasts of Erukyermë, Erulaitalë and Eruhantalë.
A View from Meneltarma by Murrauddin

A view from the Meneltarma

Birds and other animals did not approach the place, only the Eagles of Manwë were seen circling over the summit and were regarded as sacred guardians of the mountain and all the land.

The base of the mountain sloped gently and divided itself into five roots reaching to the five divisions of the land. The roots were called Tarmasundar, meaning the Roots of the Pillar. On the southern slopes were located the tombs of Kings and Queens of Númenor, within a valley called Noirinan.

After the destruction of Númenor, some amongst the Exiles believed that the summit of the mountain remained as an island in Belegaer. Some Dúnedain, the descendants of the Númenoreans, are even said to have set sail trying to reach the island, from which the legend held that one could catch a glimpse of the unreachable Aman[1], however, Aman was no longer "in" the Earth.


Meneltarma was Quenyan for 'Heaven-Pillar'[2] or 'Pillar of the Heavens'.

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic መነልታርማ
Arabic مييلتارما
Armenian Մենելտարմա
Belarusian Cyrillic Менелтарма
Bengali মেনেল্তার্মা
Bulgarian Cyrillic Менелтарма
Chinese 美尼尔塔玛
Georgian მენელთარმა
Greek Μενελταρμα
Gujarati મેનેલ્તર્મ
Hebrew מנלטרמה
Hindi मेनेल्तर्म
Japanese メネルタルマ
Kannada ಮೆನೇಳ್ತಾರ್ಮ
Kazakh Cyrillic Менелтарма
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Мэнэлтарма
Macedonian Cyrillic Менелтарма
Marathi मेनेल्तर्म
Mongolian Cyrillic Менелтарма
Nepalese मेनेल्तर्म
Punjabi ਮੇਨੇਲ੍ਤਰ੍ਮ
Russian Менельтарма
Sanskrit मेनेल्तर्म
Serbian Менелтарма (Cyrillic) Meneltarma (Latin)
Sinhalese මෙනෙල්තර්ම
Tajik Cyrillic Менелтарма
Tamil மெநெல்தர்ம​
Telugu మెనెల్తర్మ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Менелтарма
Urdu مینیلٹآرم
Uzbek Менелтарма (Cyrillic) Meneltarma (Latin)
Yiddish מענעלטאַרמאַ


  1. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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