Amon Sűl Supper - Middle-Earth Inn
Now these stones had this virtue
that those who looked therein
might perceive in them things far off,
whether in place or in time.
The watchtower known as
Weathertop, or Amon Sűl, was a site constructed to hold one of the ancient Seeing Stones; root word in Quenya 'palan' means, 'far and wide' in palantiri; 'tir', 'watch, watch over' in Minas Tirith, palantiri, Tar-Palantir, and Tirion. The height of these power sites provided an advantage of view to aid communication, protection, and to help patrol a great distance that was visible from the mountain range. The disadvantage follows, in that while it is possible to view others easily from a lookout, it is easier for others in a position 'at the bottom of the ladder', below the mountain, to discover the observer above.
The Weather Hills, running north-south upward from Weathertop, are in central Eriador. In the First Age, even before the arrival of wizards, the mountains marked part of the border between the lands of Arthedain and Rhudaur, the Eastern kingdom of the Dúnedain.
Later on, a new enemy began to infuse the northern Mountains and work against the Dúnedain.
In time, the Witch-king was revealed to be the Lord of the nine Nazgűl who sold their souls to Sauron.
Strider, a name used by Aragorn in his ranger mode, and the four hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, pass the dark night of confrontation with the Nazgul on ancient Amon Sűl. The location is ideal because view of the surrounding land is unobstructed as far as the eye can see. The lookout originally housed a palantír, one of the seven seeing stones brought to Middle-earth by Elendil. Other sites set up for the purpose of communicating great distances via the powerful palantíri globes appear through The Lord of the Rings. These zones of power usually set the stage for, and herald, significant change in the story and characters.
The mountain sanctuary Amon Sűl represents the psychological and geographical mid-point between Bree, the last Hobbit ‘outpost’ before the wild, and
Rivendell, the concealed realm of Lord Elrond site of the Council.
A metaphysical take on this setting probably puts the Tarot Trump sequence for the fight on Weathertop as equivalent to Trump XV Typhon, Trump XVI The Lightning Struck House of God [Babel], and Trump XVIII The Moon.
[see Tombstone. Note the first two Trump in this series of archetypes appear in the reading drawn by the Earp women the dark night Virgil and Morgan Earp were ambushed.]
Tolkien referred to the first steps on his original path as an art of discovery that seemed to him a philological ‘lifting of veils.’ The High-Elven [Quenya] and the Grey-Elven [Sindarin] were first penned in detail when Tolkien’s Mars entered Sagittarius, the ninth zodiacal sign of the higher mind, foreign language, and theurgy. The natural symbol is an arrow in flight, destined to hit the bull's eye of the target. The path is straight, distant, and high above the world of mortals - above the mountains. Sagittarius governs professional sports as much as an equestrian psyche, so mountain climbers, archers, and seers are associated with the intuitive Sagittarian, linked with oversoul, on Mount Olympus and tops of Middle-Earth mountains.
The Sagittarian arrow is a symbol of Promethean fire utilized by many races of Middle Earth. Tolkien gives this higher mind symbol to all esoteric elves; eloquent mastery of the bow is portrayed during the gift giving scene on the banks of the Anduin as the Fellowship depart Lothlórien. Galadriel and Celeborn [reminiscent of the guardians of the Ark of the Covenant] give each member of the party special gifts, hiding cloaks, and lembas bread to sustain them on their journey. Aragorn is given a gift and a warning from Celeborn, "You are being hunted." The inscription on the dagger is in Sindarin: Gűd daedheloth,
'Foe [of the] great-fear' [intended to mean: 'Foe of the Morgoth's Realm'], enchanted by elves. Elf prince archer Legolas Receives a Bow of the Galadhrim.
Legolas' Mirkwood arrows are stained dark brown for camouflage, his Lothlórien arrows are painted a lovely sage green.
Elven cloaks render the Fellowship invisible to hostile eyes, another reference to Tolkien's Mars moving from Scorpio [ruler Pluto, the blind god] into Sagittarius [ruler Jupiter, the far-sighted.]
Ellen Brundige observed the exceptional precision in crafting the weapons for The Lord of the Rings, "All the arrows I've been able to see are hand-wound, and in particular the gold threading on Legolas' Lórien arrows is exquisite.
All feathers look real-- no plastic or synthetic....The long, beautiful white feathers on the Galadrim arrows are probably supposed to be swan. The colors of the Mirkwood arrows are muted earthtones: great hunting camouflage, but all but impossible to spot after shooting them. They are worn and a little ragged as if they've been in use a long time. Legolas' Lórien-arrows have diamond-shaped, faded-gold feathers probably meant to suggest mallorn leaves." Full article
ARAGORN WORE THE BARAHIR RING
"(…)green jewels gleamed there that the Noldor had devised in Valinor. For this ring was like to twin serpents, whose eyes were emeralds, and their heads met beneath a crown of golden flowers, that the one upheld and the other devoured; that was the badge of Finarfin and his house." -(SIL, 195)
The history of the Ring of Barahir: begins in the First Age of Middle Earth. It was in the possession of King Arvedui, last King of Arnor, when he was driven by the Witch-King of Angmar into frozen northern shores of Middle Earth. King Arvedui gave the ring to the Lossoth, Snow-Men of Forochel, from whom it was ransomed back.
The Ring of Barahir was given to Barahir, father of Beren, by Finrod Felagund of Nargothrond as a token of his oath of abiding friendship in the First Age of the Sun. When Barahir was slain by orcs, Beren his son recovered the ring, which the orcs had taken as a trophy. The Ring of Barahir survived the Second Age and the Third as an heirloom of the North Kingdom.
[Note in 1976, the Ring of Barahir was given to Elrond at Rivendell for safekeeping along with the other heirlooms of the House of Isildur: shards of Narsil, the star of Elendil, and the Sceptre of Annuminas.]
Refer to the
comment on Tolkien's progressed Star Chart for September 22, 1913, posted to illustrate the significance of his first major shift since nativity; see Nyll Greenhand, Hobbiton Dowser, the Tearoom for the numeric year and
Study 2c for additional information about the lookout site.
The invention of languages is the foundation. The "stories" were made rather to provide a world for these languages than the reverse… It is to me, anyway, largely an essay in
"linguistic esthetic", as I sometimes say to people who ask me "what is it all about?"… Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious, or political.
-J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien set spirit into modern models of clay, gem, and metal – his hero and heroine models are perfect. They are not plaster; they reveal the essential spirit of each mystic test in the process that leads to alchemical gold. The marriage of the king and queen [gold and silver] are suggested by the Ring of Barahir [symbolic design and materials suggest the two skull centers open], just as Narsil represents the relationship of Sun and Moon during the eclipse.
The Royal Marriage: clear mind, pure heart, and devoted spirit of experience we recognize in soul power through Aragorn and Arwen. 'Ara' denotes 'Lord' or 'King.’ In an early Lord of The Rings Appendix A, Arathorn named his son Aragorn and Aragorn's grandmother Ivorwen interpreted his name to be 'Kingly Valour'. Arwen is translated as, 'Noble maiden.'
Tolkien instilled in all his heroic figures an admirable Norse character. The power of its mindset is known as naked will and courage** [exalted Sun in Aries, The Ram] that shines through many of his poems composed for [and by] the inhabitants of Middle-earth. Read an example of these traits in THE RIDDLE OF STRIDER:
Pân i valt law thilia,
All that gold does not glisten,
Law pain i reviar mistar aen;
Not all that wander are strayed;
Iaur i vell law thinnatha,
Old that strong will not fade,
Law thynd dyfn na-niss rathar aen.
Not roots deep by frost are reached.
O lith naur echuiathar aen,
From ash fire will awaken;
Calad od dúath thuiatha;
Light from the shadows will spring;
Adamminen i vagol vreithannen,
Reforged the sword broken,
Pen-thôl ad echannen i aran.
Without crown again made the king.
Black Rider ~
Lieutenant of the Tower full page art by John Howe
Nazgűl in Mordor by Alan Lee ~ Nazgűl in the
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in The Lord of the Rings fellowship, Harry Potter, and Robin of Sherwood
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Anduril, sword of Aragorn and
Alba, the sword of William Wallace
[some 5 feet 4 inches long], are similar.
These were the seven stones of the verse:
Tall Ships and tall Kings
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered Land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.
PALANTIRI = 'Those that watch from afar'; the seven Seeing Stones brought by Elendil and his sons from Numenor, placed throughout Middle-earth for the purpose of communication, made by the Noldor [Feanor] in Aman. They were unbeakable crystal spheres [probably refer to brow energy, symbolized as a 'seeing eye'] used to track events from a distance, or with two or more, they could be used to communicate. Legend has it ancient civilizations had similar outlooks on the outer boundary of their nation. The network, situated far from the city itself, provided better opportunity to announce to receivers in each capital the arrival of foreign dignitaries long before they reached the city gate. Once an ambassador was in view of the wall of the city all preparations had been made prior to their arrival. Tolkien may have had this technique in mind because he infused the idea of grace and facilitation in his palantiri legend.
For the most part they revealed only things near to another kindred Stone,
for the Stones each called to each;
but those who possessed great strength of will and of mind might learn
to direct their gaze wither they would. Thus the Numenoreans were aware
of many things that their enemies wished to conceal,
and little escaped their vigilance in the days of their might...
There were eight, of which seven were given to the Lords of Anadune as a gift. The eighth, the Master Stone was kept in Tol Eressea.
The Stones were divided. Three Elendil took and his sons each two.
Those of Elendil were set in towers upon Emyn Beraid, and upon Amon Sul, and in the city of Annuminias. But those of his sons were at Minas Ithil and Minas Anor, and at Orthanc and in Osgiliath.
Aragorn holds the Orthanc palantir recovered by Pippin
These seven escaped the Downfall in the ships of Elendil and his
sons. Four of the seven were kept in Gondor and the other three in Arnor.
They were kept in the following locations:
Minas Anor (later Minas Tirith)
Elostrion (The farthest tower on the Tower Hills)
Amon Sul (Weathertop)
Even the deadly Nazgűl cannot prevent Strider and the Hobbits from joining the
Council of Elrond in Rivendell.
Later [ROTK], Elrond and Aragorn turn the tables on
the Black Riders.
ELROND: Andúril, Flame of the West, forged from the Shards of Narsil.
ARAGORN: Sauron will not have forgotten the Sword of Elendil. The blade that was broken shall return to Minas Tirith.
ELROND: The man who can wield the power of this sword can summon to him an army more deadly than any that walks this earth. Put aside the Ranger. Become who you were born to be. Take the Dimholt road.
ELROND: Ónen i-Estel Edain. (I give hope to Men)
ARAGORN: Ú-chebin estel anim. (I keep none for myself.)
MUSHROOM, BEEF, AND CHEESE CRUNCH FOR A
1 Tablespoon pure oil [Sunlite is good]
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 large onion, diced fine
1 Tablespoon Dijon style mustard
1 pound lean ground chuck roast
1/2 pint beef stock
2 Tablespoons tomato puree
Salt and pepper
Half loaf sprouted whole wheat bread
Sun dried or three medium tomatoes
Hunter and Cheddar block, grated fine
Large bowl fresh mushrooms, washed, peeled
2 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped fine
In large pan, lightly brown onion and ground chuck.
Flavour with some light red or pink wine.
Add the tomato puree slowly, then stir in Worcestershire sauce, mustard and stock. Bring all ingredients to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for about half an hour.
Cut bread into slices and butter each slice. Add butter or oil to cover the inside of baking pan; line interior with buttered bread, placed face down. Cover the bread with mushrooms, then add mixture in large pan. Cover all with mushrooms and the tomatoes. Cover all with any bread that remains and sprinkle cheese over the top of the bread evenly.
Bake @ 375 F 30 minutes without cover.
Garnish with fresh parsley, or thinly sliced green onions and freshly grated Romano-Parmesan cheese.
Strawberries in Lemon-Lavender Syrup