S. Annúminas loc. “Tower of the West”
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.
References ✧ LotRI; PMI; SA/andúnë, minas; SDI1/Annúminas; SI; TI/145, 304; TII; UTI
|annûn||“sunset, west; (lit.) going down”||✧ SA/andúnë|
|minas||“tower, fort, city (with a citadel and central watch tower)”||✧ SA/minas|
N. Dunhirion loc. “?West Lord Land”
References ✧ PM/167; PMI
N. Torfirion loc. “Westermanton”
Earlier name for Annúminas appearing in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s with the gloss “Westermanton” (TI/144, 304). It may be a combination of Torfir “High-man” and the suffix -ion² used in the names of lands, as suggested by Roman Rausch (EE/2.19).
References ✧ TI/144, 296, 304; TII