Pelóri place-name "Fencing Heights", the mountains raised by the Valar to protect Aman (SA:pel, WJ:403)
place name. Mountain Wall, Fencing Heights
The Mountains of Aman surrounding the land of the Valar (S/37). This name was translated as “Mountain Wall” (PE17/26) and “fencing or defensive heights” (WJ/403). It seem to be a combination of pelo “boundary (fence)” and the plural of oro “mountain”.
- Q. Pelóri Valion “Mountains of Valinor” ✧ MR/018
Word Gloss pelo “boundary (fence)” oro “mount, mountain, hill”
The Quenya name Pelóri translates as "the fencing or defensive heights". In a manuscript, Tolkien connects the name to Quenya pelo ("a boundary (fence)") and pella ("beyond"), deriving from root PELE. Christopher Tolkien suggested that the first element derives from pel- ("fence, enclosure"). The second element is likely or, "mountain". The Pelóri were also called the Mountains of Aman and the Mountains of Defence.