And above all the mountains of the Pelóri was that height upon whose summit Manwë set his throne. Taniquetil the Elves name that holy mountain and Oiolosse, Everlasting Whiteness, Elerrína Crowned with Stars, and many other names besides; but the Sindar spoke of it in their later tongue as Amon Uilos.
(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, Chapter I: Of the Beginning of Days)
Based on 'J.R.R. Tolkien's own painting
from July 1928, Halls of Manwë on the Mountains of the World above Faerie.
The painting shows the mountain Taniquetil, highest of the mountains that guarded Valinor against Melkor, in the time after the destruction of the Two Trees: for the slopes on one side of Taniquetil are bathed in sunlight, while those on the other side shine more coldly in the light of a crescent moon. On the height of the mountain, Manwë and his spouse Varda dwelt in a house of white and blue marble upon a field of snow, and their halls are depicted in a glow of light on the summit. At the foot of the mountain is one of the towns of the seafaring Elves, the Teleri [...]'
(back cover text of my Silmarillion, based on Hammond and Scull's 'JRR Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator' )
Finally, and very belatedly, my project for the start of the annual Back to Middle-earth Month - Taniquetil as originally depicted by Tolkien, just as... a photomanipulation/mousepainting. Seven nights, litres of tea, and a messed-up sleep schedule later - a result I kind of like. Hope you do, too. Happy B2Mem, everyone.
(Also, for those who are interested, I am only about 100 pageviews away from the 7,777 Kiriban, so if you want to try, keep your eyes on that pageview counter.)Credits:
The mountain(s): [link]
The sea: [link]
Sun and moon: [link] [link]
The halls of Manwe, the Telerin town: [link]
(and if anyone can spot the pun in me having used this castle for the Telerin town, there will be cookies)
Everything else is either painted or taken from my own resources that are not (yet) available for stock use.