A glossary of people, places & objects in Earthsea
Now showing glossary items relating to mountains, hills, crags & caves
Also known as: Mount Andanden
Sources: On the High Marsh, TfE; Palaces, OW (a)
Also known as: Gates of the Port
Sources: The Dolphin, T; The Bones of the Earth, TfE
'The ship was passing between the Armed Cliffs, towering grim walls that seemed to lean above the sails. Bowmen on guard in little forts like mud-swallows' nests high on the cliffs looked down at them on deck…'
[The Dolphin, T]
See Lips of Paor
Cave at Aurun
See Lips of Paor
Rocky headland on the west coast of Atuan; it has cliffs above a sandy beach, a narrow cave 30 feet long just above the high water level, and a freshwater stream
Sources: Voyage, ToA
Cliff on the Gont Port bay, just north of the city, near an unnamed village; a cove and beach lie below
Also known as: Faliorn Mountains
Also known as: Gont Peak
Sources: Warriors in the Mist, WoE; Frontispiece map, T; The Dolphin, T; The Master, T
'The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea …'
[Warriors in the Mist, WoE]
Sources: Warriors in the Mist, WoE
Hill of the Tombs
Sources: The Wall around the Place, ToA
Hot Springs Mountain
Sources: Home, T
Hill in the centre of Old Iria in the domain of Iria on the island of Way. The Old Iria mansion house stands on top of it, the unnamed village of Old Iria lies at its foot, and a shallow pool with a spring lies immediately beneath it
Sources: Dragonfly, TfE
Sources: Dragonfly, TfE
Sources: Warriors in the Mist, WoE
Lips of Paor
Also known as: Aurun, Cave at Aurun, Cleft called Aurun
Also known as: Onn, Mount
[The Finder, TfE]
Mountains of Os
Sources: Hunted, WoE; The Hawk's Flight, WoE
'…far to the north small white peaks stood sharp against the blue'
[The Hawk's Flight, WoE]
Mountains of Pain
Also known as: Pain, Mountains of, Mountains called Pain
Sources: The Dry Land, FS; The Dolphin, T; Rejoining, OW
'The rocks were rough, burning the hands like molten iron. … There was a torment in the touch of this earth. It seared like live coals: a fire burned within the mountains.'
[The Dry Land, FS/The Dolphin, T]
See Mount Onn
Os, Mountains of
See Mountains of Os
West-facing cliff top or rocky ledge of red sandstone in southern Gont, described as an 'air-swept shelf of rock'a jutting out from the mountainside, 2000 feet above the sea. The village of Re Albi is located on the cliff top; the Old Mage's House lies on a steep grassy slope near the cliff edge, just north of the village. Further back from the cliff edge, the Overfell becomes a narrow strip of marsh, Overfell Marsh, behind which rise the wooded slopes of Gont Mountain
Sources: Going to the Falcon's Nest, T; Kalessin, T (a)
'Ogion's house stood apart from the village and closer than any other house to the edge of the Overfell, here a steep grassy slope broken by ledges and outcrops of rock, where goats could be pastured. As you went on north the drop grew ever steeper, till it began to fall sheer; and on the path the rock of the great ledge showed through the soil, till a mile or so north of the village the Overfell had narrowed to a shelf of reddish sandstone hanging above the sea that undercut its base two thousand feet below. / Nothing grew at that far end of the Overfell but lichens and rockworts and here and there a blue daisy, wind-stunted, like a button dropped on the rough, crumbling stone.'
Pain, Mountains of
See Mountains of Pain
See Red rock door
Red rock door
Also known as: Prisoners' Door
[The Prisoners, ToA]
Range of mountains in the northeast of Havnor island
A high green hill on Roke Island above Thwil, near the Immanent Grove; steep, round & treeless, it's covered in long grass and sparkweed. Said to be the first land to stand above the sea at the Creation, and whose roots go down to the centre of the earth. In 'The Finder' [TfE], however, it states that Roke was the second island to be raised, after Ea. A site where the Old Powers are manifest; all things take their true form there
Sources: The Loosing of the Shadow, WoE; The Finder, TfE; Dragonfly, TfE
'The presence of that hill where many wonders had been worked was heavy, like a weight in the air around them. As they came on to the hillside they thought of how the roots of it were deep, deeper even than the sea, reaching down even to the old, blind, secret fires at the world's core.'
[The Loosing of the Shadow, WoE]
Sources: Winter, T
Tombs of Atuan
Also known as: Tombstones, Place of the Old Powers
Sources: The Wall around the Place, ToA; The Anger of the Dark, ToA
'Inside the loop of the wall several black stones eighteen or twenty feet high stuck up like huge fingers out of the earth. Once the eye saw them it kept returning to them. They stood there full of meaning, and yet there was no saying what they meant. There were nine of them. One stood straight, the others leaned more or less, two had fallen. They were crusted with grey and orange lichen as if splotched with paint, all but one, which was naked and black with a dull black gloss to it. It was smooth to the touch, but on the others, under the crust of lichen, vague carvings could be seen, or felt with the fingers -- shapes, signs. These nine stones were the Tombs of Atuan. They had been planted in the darkness when the lands were raised up from the ocean's depths. They were older by far than the Godkings of Kargad, older than the Twin Gods, older than light. They were the tombs of those who ruled before the world of men came to be, the ones not named, and she who served them had no name.'
[The Wall around the Place, ToA]
See Tombs of Atuan
A large natural underground cavern beneath the Tombs of Atuan, adjoining the Labyrinth. Highly sacred to the Nameless Ones, it can be accessed only via the red rock door near the Tomb Wall or by a trapdoor in one of the rooms behind the Hall of the Throne. Light is forbidden there, and only the One Priestess, the two High Priestesses and their eunuch wardens (Manan, Uahto, Duby) may enter. Gives access not only to the Labyrinth itself, but also to a minor labyrinth beneath the Hall of the Throne and the Hill of the Tombs, including the Room of Chains, which houses prisoners. The Undertomb is destroyed by an earthquake when Ged and Tenar escape from the Labyrinth with the Ring of Erreth-Akbe
Sources: The Prisoners, ToA; Light under the Hill, ToA; The Anger of the Dark, ToA
'--Saw what she had never seen, not though she had lived a hundred lives: the great vaulted cavern beneath the Tombstones, not hollowed by man's hand but by the powers of the Earth. It was jewelled with crystals and ornamented with pinnacles and filagrees of white limestone where the waters under earth had worked, eons since: immense, with glittering roof and walls, sparkling, delicate, intricate, a palace of diamonds, a house of amethyst and crystal, from which the ancient darkness had been driven out by glory.'
[Light under the Hill, ToA]
Range of tawny mountains and wide valleys in the west of Atuan, between the Place of the Tombs and the western coastal plain. A fairly arid region, the predominant vegetation is sagebrush; the summits are snow-clad in winter
Sources: The Western Mountains, ToA
'Before them the western mountains stood, their feet purple, their upper slopes gold.'
[The Anger of the Dark, ToA]
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