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Among the Exiles many believed that the summit of the Meneltarma, the Pillar of Heaven, was not drowned for ever, but rose again above the waves, a lonely island lost in the great waters; for it had been a hallowed place, and even in the days of Sauron none had defiled it.

The Silmarillion, Akallabêth


Meneltarma is a special biome that was added in the Public Beta 24 update. The Meneltarma biome replaced the old island biome in the region of Meneltarma on the map. It has no sub-biomes.

LoreEdit

Historically, Meneltarma, the Pillar of the Heavens, was the highest point in Númenor. It was a very sacred place that was dedicated to Eru Ilúvatar, the supreme deity of Arda. A road led up to the summit from the hills below. The crown was flattened and depressed, and could contain a great gathering. But no building was ever built there, nor altar nor pile of stone, and it remained untouched by hands. No other likeness of a temple did the Numenoreans possess, until the coming of Sauron. No weapon or tool was permitted to be borne upon its summit.

"There none might speak any word, save the King only. Thrice only in each year the King spoke, offering prayer for the coming year at the Erukyermë in the first days of spring, praise of Eru Ilúvatar at the Erulaitalë in midsummer, and thanksgiving to him at the Eruhantalë at the end of autumn. At these times the King ascended the mountain on foot followed by a great concourse of the people, clad in white and garlanded, but silent. At other times the people were free to climb to the summit alone or in company, but it is said that the silence was so great that even a stranger ignorant of Númenor and all its history, if he were transported thither, would not have dared to speak aloud.

No bird came there, save only eagles. If anyone approached the summit, at once three eagles would appear and alight upon three rocks near to the western edge; but at the times of the Three Prayers they did not descend, remaining in the sky and hovering above the people. They were called the Witnesses of Manwë, and they were believed to be sent by him from Aman to keep watch upon the Holy Mountain and upon all the land."

None dared, even in the days of Sauron, to defile that sacred place. After the sinking of Númenor, it was said by the Faithful that the Meneltarma had been raised after the great drowning of the island. This was never proven, and it is unknown if the island in truth existed.

GeographyEdit

Upon setting foot on the summit of the island, the player earns the achievement "Pillar of the Heavens" and the title "Atalantë". Meneltarma is hidden on the Middle-earth map until the player has travelled there, but its approximate location is west of Umbar and south of Tol Morwen. This biome is completely uninhabited with neither structures nor mobs.

Since Public Beta 24.4, the island is not shown on the ME map any more, and only appears once the player first visits. Since the island is only about 3000 x 2000 blocks in size, it is quite easy to miss while exploring the vast ocean.

VegetationEdit

Meneltarma is a fairly rich biome in terms of vegetation. Bright green grass and colourful flowers cover the island. The biome is also abundant in trees, specifically cedar, oak, birch, and beech.

Meneltarma is one of the few biomes in which athelas spawns, either naturally or with bone meal. It is more common here than anywhere else, and is easy to find.

TriviaEdit

  • Prior to Public Beta 33, mithril ore could be found in Meneltarma, and considerably more commonly than in the Misty Mountains too. It was removed due to Meneltarma becoming a miner's paradise, with many teleporting thither to seek plentiful access to high-level gear. According to Mevans, Meneltarma was created to be a holy legend, a hidden isle far out in the sea. Since mithril farmers did not fit with that vision, and since they did not honor the worship of Eru Illuvatar and forsake tools and weapons and speech, the metal was removed from the isle.

GalleryEdit

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Biomes of the Lord of the Rings Mod
List by Alphabet
A-B:

AndrastAngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlackroot ValeBlue MountainsBree-landBrown Lands

C-D:

ChetwoodColdfellsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurDor-en-ErnilDorwinionDrúwaith IaurDunland

E-H:

East BightEastern DesolationEmyn MuilEnedwaithEreborEregionEriadorEryn CaranEryn VornEttenmoorsFangorn ForestFar Harad (Bushland, Jungle, Mangrove, Savannah, Swampland, Volcano) • Field of CelebrantForodwaithGladden FieldsGondorGorgorothGrey MountainsHarad MountainsHarondor

I-L:

Iron HillsIslandIthilienLamedonLebenninLindonLone-landsLong MarshesLossarnachLothlórien

M-P:

MeneltarmaMidgewaterMinhiriathMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsMordorMordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNan UngolNear Harad (Fertile) • NindalfNorthern Forest|Northern ForestNorthlandsNúrnOld ForestOrocarniPelargirPelennor FieldsPertorogwaithPinnath Gelin

Q-T:

RhúdelRhûnRivendellRocky CoastlineRohanSea of NúrnenSwanfleetThe SeaThe ShireTolfalasTrollshaws

U-Z:

UdûnUruk HighlandsUmbarUtumnoVales of AnduinWeather HillsWhite DownsWhite MountainsWilderlandWoodland Realm

List by Region
Eriador:

AngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlue MountainsBree-landChetwoodColdfellsDunlandEnedwaithEregionEriadorEryn VornEttenmoorsLindonLone-landsMidgewaterMinhiriathOld ForestRivendellSwanfleetThe ShireTrollshawsWeather HillsWhite Downs

Rhovanion:

Brown LandsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurEast BightEmyn MuilEreborField of CelebrantGladden FieldsGrey MountainsIron HillsLong MarshesLothlórienMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsVales of AnduinWilderlandWoodland Realm

Gondor:

AndrastBlackroot ValeDor-en-ErnilDrúwaith IaurFangorn ForestGondorHarondorIthilienLamedonLebenninLossarnachMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNindalfPelargirPelennor FieldsPinnath GelinRohanTolfalasWhite Mountains

Mordor:

Eastern DesolationGorgorothMordorMordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeNan UngolNúrnSea of NúrnenUdûn

Harad:

Far Harad (Bushland, Jungle, Mangrove, Savannah, Swampland, Volcano) • Harad MountainsNear Harad (Fertile) • PertorogwaithUmbar

Rhûn:

DorwinionEryn CaranOrocarniRhúdelRhûn

Forod:

ForodwaithNorthlandsNorthern ForestUtumno

Belegaer:

IslandMeneltarmaRocky CoastlineThe Sea

Types

Biome variantsDesertsForestsIslandsMountainsSwamps

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