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knell (NEL) (noun)
1. The slow, ominous ringing of an acoustic device often used to indicate a sad event; such as, a funeral: The funeral procession moved slowly, marching to the knell of the bell in the church.
2. A phrase used to signify the end of something: The failure of the bank was the death knell for the road construction project.
knoll (NOHL) (noun)
A small gently rounded hill: When they arrived at the knoll, the hikers could see the hotel in the distance where they were staying.

From the top of the nearby knoll, Norman and his friends could see the village church and they could also hear the knell of the bells indicating the end of the working day and the start of evening prayers.