Rhudaur attempts to seize the Palantír of Amon Sûl
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - The Kings
An event in the Battle between Arthedain and Rhudaur; see that entry for an overview.
[The] enemy tries to seize the [palantír1] of Amon Sûl.2
The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Northern Line of Arnor: The Isildurioni
[After the Division of Arnor, there] was often strife between the kingdoms.... The chief matter of debate was the possession of the Weather Hills and the land westward towards Bree. Both Rhudaur and Cardolan desired to possess Amon Sûl (Weathertop), which stood on the borders of their realms; for the Tower of Amon Sûl held the chief Palantír of the North, and the other two were both in the keeping of Arthedain.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur: The North-kingdom and the Dúnedain
1 This text is from one of Tolkien's early drafts. For the sake of clarity, earlier versions of proper names used by Tolkien in this draft have been replaced with the versions in use in the canon sources. All substitutions are marked with brackets.
2 This detail of the battle is not found in canon (those texts published by Tolkien in his lifetime, specifically, in this case, the Appendices). However, it seems likely that it was overlooked due to Tolkien's haste in compiling and condensing the Appendices, rather than deliberately discarded, for two reasons:
First, the detail fits with the canon statement (above) that the petty realms bickered over possession of the palantír of Amon Sûl ever since the Division of Arnor.
Second, the canon shows that the Weather Hills (which include Amon Sûl) were a front in this battle; see the entry Arveleg repels Rhudaur for the supporting quote.
Commentary by Elena Tiriel
Elena Tiriel 10Jul06