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noun. pale, #blue hill

mindon (“isolated hill”) + luin (#Dor. “pale, #blue”)

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


place name. Towering Blue-head

The mountain on which Minas Tirith was built (LotR/751), translated “Towering Blue-head” in Tolkien’s “Unfinished Index” of The Lord of the Rings (RC/439). It is a combination of a shortened or root form of minas “tower” with dol(l) “head” and luin “blue” (SA/minas, dol, luin).

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Tor-dilluin, perhaps beginning with N. taur “high” (as suggested by Roman Rausch, EE/3.6), but it was soon revised to N. Mindolluin (WR/80).


minas“tower, fort, city (with a citadel and central watch tower)”
dol(l)“head, hill”
Sindarin [LotRI/Mindolluin; LotRI/Mount Mindolluin; PMI/Mindolluin; RC/439; SA/dol; SA/luin; SA/minas; SI/Mindolluin] Group: Eldamo. Published by