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Some of the things that a mountain or range of mountains can symbolize:

  • obstacles
  • climbing over one or passing through a range indicates overcoming obstacles or making progress
  • climbing up a mountain or other height often indicates spiritual or mental "rising" or improvement
  • permanence and immovability


Mountains can also be used to create a secluded, isolated or hard to reach place. Such a place could symbolize loneliness or difficult to achieve mental, spiritual or emotional states.

Mountains also can represent a dwelling of a holy being or a God, or someone or something representing a deity.


In the books by J. R. R. Tolkien, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, mountains are obstacles that the heros must overcome.

In James Hilton's Lost Horizon, a utopian group lives hidden high up in the mountains in Shangri-La. The difficulty of getting there protects this special society from ordinary influences that corrupt other human communities.


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