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Was Mount Erebor called "The Lonely Mountain" because it was the singular feature in the area, or for some other reason?

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The map to The Lonely Mountain.

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Are you referring to the Erebor in Middle Earth or the one on Titan? –  WOPR Dec 4 '12 at 3:41
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This map at http://www.monkeyinthecage.com/2012/11/05/top-five-reasons-to-be-excited-about-the-hobbit/ would seem to indicate that it is indeed by itself.

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From memory of the book, it seems likely that there are low-lying hills around it, but it is described as a single dominating peak over the landscape.

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man, those maps are so beautiful... inspired many lonely but exciting hours of making useless maps of imaginary realms as a teenager. –  zipquincy Feb 13 '13 at 19:58
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