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[[Image:Ted Nasmith - The Glittering Caves of Aglarond.jpg|thumb|250px|''The Glittering Caves of Aglarond'' by [[Ted Nasmith]].]]
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'''Aglarond''' was a name for the '''[[Hornburg]]''' as well as the '''[[Glittering Caves]]''' behind it at [[Helm's Deep]].
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==History==
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Aglarond was one of the two fortresses built by [[Gondor]] guarding the [[Fords of Isen]], [[Isengard|Angrenost]] (later [[Isengard]]) being the other. Like Angrenost to the north it was initially well guarded, but as the population of [[Calenardhon]] (the later [[Rohan]]) dwindled it was increasinly less supplied and deemed unimportant, until it was only ruled by a hereditary small guard who intermarried much with [[Dunlendings]].
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When [[Cirion]], [[Steward of Gondor]], gave Calenardhon to the [[Éothéod]] Aglarond was transferred into [[Rohirrim]] care, who named it '''[[Súthburg]]''' (southern burg) in their language. The [[Gondorians|Gondorian]] guard was merged with that of [[Isengard|Angrenost]] to the north, which remained in the keep of [[Gondor]]. Guard duty of the Fords was initially shared between [[Gondor]] and [[Rohan]], but later maintained only by the [[Rohirrim]].
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During the reign of [[Helm Hammerhand]], [[Rohan]] was attacked from [[Isengard]] and across the river [[Isen]] by Dunlendings. [[Edoras]] was taken, and Helm and much of his people retreated to [[Súthburg]]. Because Helm always blew a great horn before riding out to fight the beleaguering [[Dunlendings]], the keep was renamed '''Hornburg'''. During the [[War of the Ring]], the [[Hornburg]] was the refuge of the [[Rohirrim]] as they defended [[Battle of the Hornburg|Helm's Deep]].
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[[Gimli]] the [[Dwarves|Dwarf]], had fought mightily in that battle and was enchanted by the beauty of the cave which lay in front of a huge and very beautiful cave system, irresistible to him.
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Gimli established a colony of [[Durin's folk]] there and became known as [[Lord of the Glittering Caves]], although this new realm was presumably under the overlordship of [[Thorin III Stonehelm]], his kinsman and heir of the lordship of all Durin's folk.
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The [[Dwarves]] of Aglarond restored the Hornburg following the [[War of the Ring]], and it became a shared fortress between them and the [[Rohirrim]].  They made great works for Gondor and Rohan during the [[Fourth Age]], like the new [[Great Gate of Minas Tirith]].
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==Etymology==
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''aglarond'' is [[Sindarin]] and obviously contains the elements [[aglar]]+[[rond]], therefore "caves of glory". However since the word ''aglar'' is related to ''light'', the [[Westron]] "Glittering Caves" can be the exact translation.
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The Rohirrim called them ''[[Glæmscrafu]]'' or '''Caverns of Helm's Deep'''.
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[[Category:Caves]]
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[[Category:Dwarven Realms]]
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[[Category:Rohan]]
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Revision as of 18:37, 21 March 2011

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