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Taniquetil, also known as Oiolossë and the Holy Mountain,[1] was the highest peak in all of Arda's history. It was located near the coast of Valinor.


The location of the Taniquetil

Taniquetil was part of the Pelóri, south of the Calacirya. At the peak of this mountain was Ilmarin, the dwelling place of Manwë and Varda.[2] From there they could view all of Arda, even past Kalórmë and the Gates of Morning.


Taniquetil and the Eagles

Taniquetil was raised 3,450 Valian Years (or 33,000 solar years) after the Valar arrived in .[citation needed]

After the Two Lamps of the Valar were destroyed by Melkor in the distant past of the World, the Valar themselves withdrew from Middle-earth into a land on the far western edges of Arda. Along its eastern shoreline, they raised a great mountain range as a defence against the Dark Lord, and the greatest of all those mountains was Taniquetil.

On the peak of Taniquetil, Manwë and Varda had their halls of Ilmarin, from which they looked out across the World, and from those halls Manwë sent out his hawks and eagles to watch over Arda.[3] Because the dwellings of the Elder King and his spouse were located on its summit, Taniquetil became known as the Holy Mountain. Due to the reverence of the Vanyar for the mountain, they abandoned their own city of Tirion and settled on the flanks of Taniquetil beneath the halls of Manwë.[4]


Taniquetil in the night

In Quenya, Taniquetil means "High-Snow-Peak".[5]

Other names

  • Oiolossë [(ˈoron) ˌoɪ.oˈlosːe]), the "Everlasting whiteness"
  • Amon Uilos, the "Mount Everwhite", its Sindarin name[6]
  • Dâhan-igwiš-telgûn(formal) or Dahanigwishtilgûn (informal), its Valarin name[5]
  • Elerrína, Crowned with Stars[1][7]
  • Hill of Ilmarin, a name mentioned in Bilbo Baggins's Song of Eärendil[2][8]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጣኒቁአቲል
Arabic طانيقويتيل
Armenian Տանիքուետիլ
Belarusian Cyrillic Таніqуетіл
Bengali টানিকটিল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Таникветил
Danish Taniquetilbjerget ("Den Høje Hvide Tinde")
Georgian ტანიქუეტილი
Greek Τανίκουετιλ
Gujarati ટનિqઉએતિલ
Hebrew טאניקויתיל
Hindi टनिक़ुएतिल
Japanese タニクウェティル
Kannada ತಂಕಿವೆಟಿಲ್
Kazakh Таніқұетіл (Cyrillic) Taniquetil (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Таниqуэтил
Macedonian Cyrillic Таниqуетил
Marathi तानीक्वेटिल
Mongolian Cyrillic Таниqуетил
Nepalese टनिक़ुएतिल
Pashto طانیقوېتیل
Persian تانیکوئتیل
Russian Таниквэтиль
Serbian Таниqуетил (Cyrillic) Тaniquetil (Latin)
Sinhalese ටනිඇඋඑතිල්
Tajik Cyrillic Таниқуетил
Tamil தனியூட்டில்
Telugu తనిక్యూటిల్
Thai ทานิเควทิล
Ukrainian Cyrillic Таніqуетіл
Urdu طانیقوےتیل
Uzbek Таниқуетил (Cyrillic) Taniquetil (Latin)
Yiddish טאַניקוועטיל
Places in Aman
Regions of the Valar
Woods of OromëPastures of YavannaHalls of MandosHalls of NiennaGardens of LòrienWells of VardaHouse of TulkasMáhanaxarTwo Trees of Valinor
Other Regions
ValinorEldamarTol EressëaUndying LandsAlalminórëEnchanted IslesAramanAvatharPlain of ValinorHaerastOiomurë
Mountains and Passes
PelóriTúnaTaniquetilCalaciryaHyarmentirCaves of the Forgotten
Bodies of Water
Bay of EldamarLórellinShadowy SeasHíriSirnúmen
City and Fortifications
Other Places
Cottage of Lost PlayMindon EldaliévaGalathilionHouse of the Hundred ChimneysTower of AvallónëTower of TavrobelIlmarinBridge of TavrobelEzellohar


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. IV: The Shaping of Middle-earth, chapter III: "The Quenta"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. VII: The Treason of Isengard, chapter V: "Bilbo's Song at Rivendell: Errantry and Eärendillinwë"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter VI: "The Theft of Melko and the Darkening of Valinor"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Part Four: Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D: Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language'
  6. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. X: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The First Phase, "Of Valinor and the Two Trees"
  8. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter I: "Many Meetings"