Halifirien

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Halifirien
Type: Beacon
Region: West Rohan
Area: Eastfold
Location: [72.9S, 55.6W]
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Halifirien
Type: Beacon
Region: Far Anórien
Area: The Beacon Hills
Location: [46.2S, 45.5W]
Halifirien and the Firien Wood from Rohan

Description

Halifirien is a location in The Beacon Hills. It is the last of the northern line of the beacons of Gondor.
The rohirric town of Beaconwatch sits across the Mering Stream in the Eastfold of West Rohan to observe the beacon.

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Lore

The Tomb of Elendil

At the end of the War of the Last Alliance, Isildur took his nephew Meneldil and a company of trusted friends on a ride about the borders of Gondor. Returning from the northern boundary, Isildur came to the Eryn Fuir and had a path made to the summit of Amon Anwar, which was green and treeless. There they raised a mound for a casket to be the tomb and memorial of Elendil. This spot was chosen because it stood near to the center of the lands claimed by the South Kingdom.[1]

Cirion grants Calenardhon (Rohan) to Eorl August 1, 2510

" An event in the aftermath of the Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs; see that entry for an overall timeline:
Then Cirion led Eorl ... to the upper slopes of the Hill [of Awe] (Halifirien) and ... saw the stone stair going up to the summit. After the shadow of the Wood the sun seemed hot and bright, for it was the month of Úrimë ...
Cirion rose and from his esquire took the white wand of office and the white mantle of the Stewards of Gondor. Then standing on the first step of the stair he broke the silence, saying in a low but clear voice:
"I will now declare what I have resolved, with the authority of the Stewards of the Kings, to offer to Eorl son of Léod, Lord of the Éothéod, in recognition of the valour of his people and of the help beyond hope that he brought to Gondor in time of dire need. To Eorl I will give in free gift all the great land of Calenardhon from Anduin to Isen. There, if he will, he shall be king, and his heirs after him, and his people shall dwell in freedom while the authority of the Stewards endures, until the Great King returns. No bond shall be laid upon them other than their own laws and will, save in this only: they shall live in perpetual friendship with Gondor and its enemies shall be their enemies while both realms endure. But the same bond shall be laid also on the people of Gondor."
Then Eorl stood up, but remained for some time silent. For he was amazed by the great generosity of the gift and the noble terms in which it had been offered; and he saw the wisdom of Cirion both on his own behalf as ruler of Gondor, seeking to protect what remained of his realm, and as a friend of the Éothéod of whose needs he was aware. For they were now grown to a people too numerous for their land in the North and longed to return south to their former home, but they were restrained by the fear of Dol Guldur. But in Calenardhon they would have room beyond hope, and yet be far from the shadows of Mirkwood.
Yet beyond wisdom and policy both Cirion and Eorl were moved at that time by the great friendship that bound their people together, and by the love that was between them as true men. On the part of Cirion the love was that of a wise father, old in the cares of the world, for a son in the strength and hope of his youth; while in Cirion Eorl saw the highest and noblest man of the world that he knew, and the wisest, on whom sat the majesty of the Kings of Men of long ago.
At last, when Eorl had swiftly passed all these things through his thought, he spoke, saying: "Lord Steward of the Great King, the gift that you offer I accept for myself and for my people. It far exceeds any reward that our deeds could have earned, if they had not themselves been a free gift of friendship. But now I will seal that friendship with an oath that shall not be forgotten."
"Then let us go now to the high place," said Cirion, "and before these witnesses take such oaths as seem fitting." [2] [3]
By this pact only a small part of the Wood of Anwar, west of the Mering Stream, was included in the realm of Eorl; but Cirion declared that the Hill of Anwar was now a hallowed place of both peoples, and the Eorlings and the Stewards should henceforward share its guard and maintenance. In later days, however as the Rohirrim grew in power and numbers, while Gondor declined ... the wardens of Anwar were provided entirely by the people of Eastfold, and the Wood became by custom part of the royal domain of the Kings of the Mark. The Hill they named the Halifirien, and the Wood the Firienholt. [4][5]
These events above took place at the tomb of Elendil near the summit of Halifirien.
See: [103] The Tomb at Halifirien
  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", (iv) The Tradition of Isildur
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: Cirion and Eorl
    Cited by: http://www.henneth-annun.net/events_view.cfm?EVID=399
  3. [http://www.henneth-annun.net/events_view.cfm?evid=318 http://www.henneth-annun.net/events_view.cfm?evid=318
  4. Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: Cirion and Eorl
  5. Cited by http://www.henneth-annun.net/places_view.cfm?plid=345
The Beacons of Gondor
Southern Line (from Minas Tirith to Dol Amroth): Minlos | Sirthanc | Amon Anglebed | Dol Brannor | Eilendoth | The Fallen Beacon | Maegond | Nendath | Amon Lontir
Northern Line (from Minas Tirith to Beaconwatch): Amon Dîn | Eilenach | Nardol | Erelas | Min-Rimmon | Calenhad | Halifirien
Settlements and Landmarks of The Beacon Hills
Settlements: None
Landmarks: ErelasMin-RimmonRimmon QuarryOst RimmonCalenhadHalifirienBâr Nadhron

Firien WoodAmon HenThe Falls of RaurosMouths of the Entwash