WHITE MOUNTAINS location map in middle earth

Location of the White Mountains in Middle-earth.

The White Mountains or Ered Nimrais was a mountain range in Middle-earth that lay east-to-west across the length of Gondor.


The mountains were named after the glaciers of their highest peaks. The range lay mostly East-West, but also had a northern section, which was separated from the main line of the Misty Mountains by the Gap of Rohan. Even at the southern latitude of Gondor and Rohan, the White Mountains bore snow even in summer, suggesting they were extremely high. The range had no passes. The Paths of the Dead passed under it, but only the most courageous (or foolhardy) ever ventured that route. The White Mountains formed the northern boundary of Gondor and the southern boundary of Rohan except in their easternmost provinces, where Gondor's province of Anorien lay to the north of the mountains.

Because of their always bearing snow at their highest peaks, the White Mountains must have been at least 4800 meters (16'000 feet) above sea level, with occasional peaks probably in excess of 5500 meters. They were, however, not as high as the Misty Mountains.

Its notable peaks included Irensaga "Iron Saw" and Starkhorn. Between these two lay the Dwimorberg, entrance to the Paths of the Dead.

At the eastern end, the city of Minas Tirith was carved into Mindolluin mountain. The Warning beacons of Gondor were placed on top of seven peaks in the range: Amon Dîn, Eilenach, Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad and Halifirien.

Several rivers raised in the White Mountains, among them: the Adorn (a tributary of Isen), and the Snowbourn and Mering Stream (tributaries of the Entwash); and, on the south side, the Erui (a tributary of Anduin), the Ringló and its tributary Ciril (which together with the Morthond all entered the Bay of Belfalas at Edhellond near Dol Amroth), the Lefnui of the Anfalas, and the Five Rivers of Lebennin.[1]


The natives to the White Mountains were Drúedain who inhabited this region in the Second Age. The only remnants of the Druedain's presence in this mountain range were their statues called the Púkel-men. Sometime thereafter, evil men related to the Dunlendings drove the Drúedain out. Some of these men swore allegiance to Isildur, but betrayed him and were cursed into the Army of the Dead. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli followed the Paths of the Dead in year 3019 of the Third Age and convinced the army to fight for Gondor in the War of the Ring. After they did so, Aragorn released the Army of the Dead, for they had fulfilled their oath. After and perhaps before the War of the Ring Dwarves settled in the White Mountain, where they could have better contact with their allies.[2]


Ered Nimrais is a Sindarin name: Ered ('Mountains') and Nimrais ('White peaks') [3]

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Wit Berge
Albanian Malet e bardha
Amharic ነጭ ተራሮች
Armenian Սպիտակ լեռները
Arabic الجبال البيضاء
Azerbaijani Ağ Dağlar
Belarusian Cyrillic белыя горы
Bengali হোয়াইট পর্বতমালা
Bosnian Bijelom gorju
Bulgarian Cyrillic Бялата планина
Cambodian ភ្នំស
Catalan Muntanyes Blanques
Cebuano Mga bukid nga puti
Chinese (Hong Kong) 白色山脈 A.K.A. 伊瑞德尼姆拉斯
Croatian Bijele planine
Czech Bílé Hory
Esperanto Blankaj Montoj
Estonian Valged Mäed
Filipino Mga puting bundok
Finnish Valkoiset Vuoret
French Montagnes Blanches
Danish Hvid Bjerge
Dutch Witte Bergen
Galician Montañas Brancas
Georgian თეთრი მთები
German Weißes Gebirge
Greek Λευκά Όρη
Gujarati વ્હાઇટ માઉન્ટેઇન
Hebrew הרים לבנים
Hindi व्हाइट पहाड़ों
Hungarian Fehérszarv-hegység, Fehérhegység
Icelandic Hvítar Fjöll
Indonesian Pegunungan Putih
Italian Monti Bianchi
Irish Gaelic Bán Sléibhte
Japanese ホワイト山脈
Javanese Gunung Putih
Kannada ಬಿಳಿಯ ಪರ್ವತಗಳ
Kazakh Cyrillic Ақ таулар
Korean 화이트 산맥
Latin Albis Montibus
Latvian Baltajiem Kalniem
Lithuanian Baltieji Kalnai
Luxemboughish Wäiss Bierger
Macedonian Cyrillic Белата Планина
Malay Pergunungan Putih
Maltese Muntanji Abjad
Marathi व्हाइट पर्वत
Mongolian Cyrillic Цагаан уулс
Nepalese सेतो पर्वत
Norwegian Hvit Fjell
Persian کوه‌های سپید
Polish Góry Białe
Portuguese Montanhas Brancas
Punjabi ਵ੍ਹਾਈਟ ਪਹਾੜ
Romansh pizza Alv
Romanian Munții Albi
Russian Белые горы
Samoan Papae Mauga
Scottish Gaelic Geal Beanntan
Serbian Беле планине (Cyrillic) Bele planine (Latin)
Sindhi اڇا جبلن جي
Sinhalese සුදු කඳු
Slovak Biele Hory
Slovenian Bela Gora
Spanish Montañas Blancas
Sudanese Bodas Pagunungan
Swahili Weupe Milima ?
Swedish Vita bergen
Tajik Cyrillic кӯҳҳо сафед
Tamil வெள்ளை மலைகள்
Telugu వైట్ పర్వతాలు
Thai ภูเขาสีขาว
Turkish Beyaz Dağlar
Ukrainian Cyrillic білі гори
Urdu وائٹ پہاڑوں
Uzbek Оқ тоғлар (Cyrillic) Oq tog'lar (Latin)
Vietnamese Trắng ngọn nú
Welsh Mynyddoedd Gwyn
Xhosa Iintaba Ezimhlophe
Yiddish ווייסע בערג

Mountain Ranges of Arda

Ash Mountains | Echoriath | Ephel Dúath | Ered Gorgoroth | Blue Mountains | Ered Lómin | Grey Mountains | Ered Wethrin | Iron Hills | Iron Mountains | Misty Mountains | Mountains of Angmar | Mountains of Mirkwood | Mountains of Mithrim | Orocarni | Pelóri | Wall of the Sun | White Mountains | Yellow Mountains


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The White Mountains"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter II: "The Passing of the Gray Company"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth