The term King of the Hill is a title of the King of the Hebonnor Mountain elf kingdom in south east Aels in the Southern Nohalion Mountains. It is also used by the rival Galaw-Hebonnor Kingdom to the north known as Galawonnor, or Galaw Orc chieftains also using the title.
The title hearkens back to the ancient past with the Galawkey Kingdom which once was a grander realm that encompassed the whole of the Southern Nohalion Mountain range.
Galaw Orc OriginsEdit
The title does indeed sound like a colloquial, rustic sounding phrase commonly used by the Mountain elves and their Galaw Orc neighbors that became a more formalized title. It was used from early on in the history, probably coined by Galawkey orcs in the 2nd Century a.a.H. referring to their first king, Grad'Bo I, who had founded the Galawkey kingdom in 172 a.a.H. The Galawkey kingdom ruling over the Southern Galaw orcs in the Southern Nohalion Mountains and the conquered Hebonnor Mountain elves, who would achieve a parity with the orcs, becoming a remarkably united and successful kingdom for a time.
D'Boden, the Hollow MountainEdit
The 'Hill' part of the title probably refers to the ancient mountain fortress and palace of D'Bodon, carved into a mountain by hired Nortunk Dwarfs in the 5th Century a.a.H. The construction was built in dwarven style, with exterior levels of a fortress and small city built hugging the mountain side in a highly defensive way. The city had a royal sense to it, and became the traditional seat of power.
The mountain containing the palace of D'Bodon is sometimes referred to as the 'Hollow Mountain'.
Even so, the use of the title would seem to predate the construction of D'Bodon, so the 'Hill' might have originally been more poetic referring to the Southern Nohalion Mountain range in general than any one mountain in particular?
It's also possible that it refers to a holy site unknown, long forgotten or unrevealed?
A Historical TitleEdit
Despite its probable orc origins, the Hebonnor have no difficulty in using it, and trying to claim to be THE 'King of the Hill' to achieve authority is common, as the footprint of the old Galawkey and Galaradaan Kingdom looms large in the imagination of a glory filled past.
The Galawkey kingdom was left shattered by invasions and other races settling in the mountains, so geographically, the Hebonnor Mountain elves and Galaw orcs were separated from each other. However, these pockets would reclaim the past and reform as two nations. There was the Hebonnor kingdom to the south that was founded by Hildetriel I, to the north, in response, was formed the rival Galaw-Hebonnor Kingdom known as Galawonnor. Essentially, in recent centuries, separate kingdoms of Southern Galaw orcs and Hebonnor elves peacefully existed side by side with competing kings of their own with the title, and petty kingdoms in the north also had Galaw Orc chieftains also using the title as a sign of legitimacy.