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noun. west tower

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Sindarin [Tolkiendil] Group: Tolkiendil Compound Sindarin Names. Published by


place name. Tower of the West

The capital of Arnor (LotR/244). Christopher Tolkien translated it as “Tower of the West” (SI/Annúminas), a combination of annûn “west” and minas “tower” (SA/andúnë, minas).

Conceptual Development: When this city first appeared in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, it was named N. Torfirion “Westermanton” (TI/144). In an early version of the Tale of Years the city was called N. Dunhirion (PM/167). Both of these variants were eventually replaced by Annúminas.


annûn“sunset, west; (lit.) going down”
minas“tower, fort, city (with a citadel and central watch tower)”
Sindarin [LotRI/Annúminas; PMI/Annúminas; SA/andúnë; SA/minas; SDI1/Annúminas; SI/Annúminas; TI/145; TI/304; TII/Annúminas; UTI/Annúminas] Group: Eldamo. Published by