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Weathertop, also called Amon Sûl, was the southernmost and highest of the Weather Hills in Eriador. At its top, a watch-tower overlooked the Great East Road in central Eriador, east of Bree, about halfway between the Shire and Rivendell.

As represented in The Atlas of Middle-earth, the hill rose a thousand feet (approximately 300 meters) above the relatively level surrounding lands, and offered a commanding view in every direction. A path led from Weathertop northward to the other Weather Hills. The elevation of Weathertop itself above sea level was likely between 450 and 600 meters.[1]

History

The strategic importance of Weathertop was recognised early: during the reign of Elendil, the Dúnedain of Arnor built a watchtower on its summit, installing the most powerful of Arnor's three palantíri in the tower. This palantír further enhanced Weathertop's value, as it could be used for intelligence gathering and rapid communication with the King in Annúminas, or later in Fornost.

It was here that Gil-galad and Elendil's armies met, when the Last Alliance of Elves and Men had been formed.

Gil-galad and Elendil meeting at Amon Sûl, by Abe Papakhian

In TA 861, Arnor was divided into the kingdoms of Arthedain, Cardolan, and Rhudaur. Weathertop stood at the junction of their borders, and became the focus of a long-running territorial dispute between the three kingdoms, with frequent border skirmishes and minor wars. During this time, Weathertop may have changed hands on several occasions. By the latter part of the 14th century, Weathertop was controlled by Arthedain and Cardolan, which were at that time allied against Rhudaur and Angmar, and was the chief fortress in their fortified border with Rhudaur. The watchtower and fortifications were burned and destroyed in TA 1409 by forces of the Witch-king. King Arveleg I was slain in defense of the watchtower, but the Dúnedain of Arthedain saved the palantír and took it to their capital, Fornost.[2][3]

By the time of the War of the Ring, only a ring of broken stonework remained of Amon Sûl.[4]

Long afterward, on October 3 of TA 3018[5], Gandalf was found by Ringwraiths upon Weathertop, and a fiery battle ensued of which a glimpse could be seen from Midgewater Marshes. On October 6, Aragorn, Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Merry, and Pippin arrived at Weathertop from Bree, and found a message there left by Gandalf. They made camp on the hill, and in the evening Aragorn sang to the hobbits the tale of Tinúviel. At dusk, five Ringwraiths who had awaited the Ring-bearer ascended the hill, and attacked them. In this skirmish, Frodo received his everlasting wound from the Morgul blade of the Witch-king.[4] As Frodo suffered from the spell of the wound, they rode hastily from Weathertop the next day, soon pursued again by Nazgûl. After fourteen days, they reached and crossed the Ford of Bruinen with Glorfindel, and were loose of the Ringwraiths' pursuit.[6]

Etymology

Weathertop was the common Bree-land name of the hill; its summit was almost always windy, due to its prominence. Its Sindarin name, Amon Sûl, meant "Hill of the Wind".

Portrayal in adaptations

Weathertop at evening, in the film

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Weathertop is a place of action in Peter Jackson's 2001 film The Fellowship of the Ring. The summit and levels of Weathertop are simplified from their description in the book. When Aragorn and the four hobbits arrive, they make camp below the top of the hill, and Aragorn gives them a few daggers and swords, before he leaves to scout the surroundings. After nightfall, the hobbits see Ringwraiths approaching in the distance, who soon ascend the hill and attack the helpless hobbits amid the ruins at the summit. The Witch-king stabs Frodo with his Morgul blade, immediately before Aragorn returns and drives the Ringwraiths away with a torch.

The Hobbit film trilogy

In the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Weathertop appears briefly as a meeting place for Yazneg, Fimbul, Azog and his warg riding hunters.

Filming location

Weathertop was filmed upon a hill in a large farm near Port Waikato, in the Waikato region of New Zealand. The surrounding area has many limestone cliffs and boulders, some of which contain fossils.

Weathertop as it appears in The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online

Weathertop is a playable location in The Lord of the Rings Online, portrayed as a significant hill of the Lone-lands region.

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Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Basque Haizeen tontorra
Catalan Pica del Vent
Chinese (Hong Kong) 風雲頂
Croatian Vrijeme vrh
Czech Větrov
Danish Vindhøj
Dutch Weertop
Esperanto Veterverto
Finnish Viimapää
French Mont Venteux
Georgian ვეზერტოპი ? (Weathertop) ამონ სული (Amon Sûl)
German Wetterspitze
Hebrew פסגת הרוחות
Hindi मौसम का शीर्ष
Hungarian Széltető
Italian Colle Vento
Marathi हवामानशाळा
Nepalese मौसम शीर्ष
Norwegian Værhø

Blåstertopp

Persian ودرتاپ
Polish Wichrowy Czub
Portuguese Monte do Vento (Portugal) Topo do Vento (Brazil)
Romanian Țancul Vremii
Russian Ваветрень
Slovak Vetristá
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Cima de los Vientos
Swedish Väderklint
Thai อะมอนซูล (Amon Sûl)
Turkish Fırtınabaşı
Ukrainian Cyrillic Вітровий пагорб
Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:

Provinces/Regions:

Dunland | Ithilien | Rohan | Arnor | Ettenmoors | Gondor | Lindon | Minhiriath | Rhûn | The Shire | Mordor | Harad | Forochel

Forests & Mountains:

Amon Dîn | Amon Hen | Amon Lhaw | Caradhras | Emyn Muil | Erebor | Fangorn Forest | High Pass | Iron Hills | Lórien | Mirkwood | Mount Doom | Old Forest | Tower Hills | Weather Hills

City/Fortifications:

Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Hornburg | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Orthanc | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno

Miscellaneous:

Cair Andros | Gap of Rohan | Grey Havens | Buckland | Enedwaith | Dagorlad | Dead Marshes | Fords of Isen | Weathertop | Argonath

The rest of Arda:

Númenor | Dark Land | Aman | Valinor | Tol Eressëa

References

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Weathertop"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Third Age
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Ch. XI: "A Knife in the Dark"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Third Age, The Great Years
  6. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Ch. XII: "Flight to the Ford"