Menel referred to the High Heavens above Arda.

Menel was the dwelling place of stars.[1]


During Hurin's imprisonment by Morgoth, he defied the Dark Lord by saying that he was and never would be the Lord of Men even if the whole of Arda and Menel were to fall to him.[2] The Númenórean mariner Aldarion and Erendis looked up and observed the blue Menel above them.[3] Insinuating that Menel was indeed the "sky" above them.

While recovering in Rivendell, Frodo overheard the Elves sing A Elbereth Gilthoniel "o menel aglar elenath".[4] When Sam was alone, he uttered in Elvish, which he didn't understand a saying which mentioned Menel in "o menel palan-diriel".[5]


  1. Unfinished Tales: Index
  2. Unfinished Tales: Narn i Chîn Húrin
  3. Unfinished Tales: Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, "The Choices of Master Samwise"

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