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'''Amon Rûdh''' is the "Bald Hill" (the meaning of its [[Sindarin]] name) that lay south of [[Brethil]] in [[West Beleriand]] during the [[First Age]]. It was a hill of stone, with only deep red ''seregon'' ([[Quenya]] "blood of stone") flowers growing on top, giving it the appearance of being covered with blood.  
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| name=Amon Rûdh
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| othernames=[[Sharbhund]], Bald Hill
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| etymology=[[Sindarin|S.]] ''[[amon]]'' "hill" + ''[[rûdh]]'' "bald"
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| location=South of the [[Teiglin]]
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| inhabitants=[[Petty-dwarves]]
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| realms=[[Dor-Cúarthol]]
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| description=Tall, steep hill topped with red [[seregon]]
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| events=[[Sack of Bar-en-Danwedh]]
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'''Amon Rûdh''' was a hill that lay south of the [[Forest of Brethil]] and the [[Teiglin]] in [[West Beleriand]] during the [[First Age]].<ref>{{S|Map}}</ref> It rose a thousand feet above the eastern edge of high moorlands.  It was a hill of stone, on its lower slopes were thickets of ''[[aeglos]]'' but only deep red ''[[seregon]]'' flowers grew on top, giving it the appearance of being covered with blood.<ref name="Mim">{{CH|7}}</ref>
  
[[Mîm]] the [[Petty-dwarf]] lived within Amon Rûdh with his two sons, [[Ibûn]] and [[Khîm]]. [[Mîm]] was captured by a group of outlaws led by [[Túrin Turambar]] and forced to reveal the location of his refuge, which was then called '''''Bar-en-Danwedh''''', the '''House of Ransom'''. (Previously, it had been known as '''''Bar-en-Nibin-noeg''''', the House of the Petty Dwarves.) When it was discovered that [[Khîm]], who had been shot at, had actually been killed, [[Túrin]] repented and offered his services to the [[Dwarf]], who from then on tolerated the presence of the outlaws.
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==History==
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At one time Amon Rûdh supported a settlement of [[Petty-dwarves]] in caves that could have housed a hundred or more.  It had a main and secondary hall with many other chambers and passageways. There was a hidden smoke-shaft for the hearth and chambers with axes and other gear. However the Petty-dwarves had dwindled in number until only [[Mîm]] and his sons [[Ibun]] and [[Khîm]] lived in hilltop hideaway.
  
Amon Rûdh became the base of operations for the outlaws and with the arrival of [[Beleg]], it became the heart of the area known as ''[[Dor-Cúarthol]]'', the [[Land of Bow and Helm]] (referring to the Two Captains, [[Beleg]] and [[Túrin]]), a center of resistance against the forces of [[Morgoth]]. Eventually [[Túrin]]'s location was discovered, and the outlaws were destroyed by [[Orcs]], and the hilltop was covered with blood in truth.
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Mîm was captured by a group of outlaws led by [[Túrin|Túrin Turambar]] and forced to reveal the location of his refuge, which was then called '''''[[Bar-en-Danwedh]]''''', the ''"House of Ransom"''. (Previously, it had been known as '''''Bar-en-Nibin-noeg''''', the "House of the Petty Dwarves".) When it was discovered that Khîm, who had been shot at, had actually been killed, Túrin repented and offered his services to the Dwarf, who from then on tolerated the presence of the outlaws.
  
Amon Rûdh was lost under the [[Belegaer|sea]] with the destruction of [[Beleriand]] during the [[War of Wrath]] at the end of the [[First Age]].
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Amon Rûdh became the base of operations for the outlaws and with the arrival of [[Beleg]], it became the heart of the area known as ''[[Dor-Cúarthol]]'', the "Land of Bow and Helm" (referring to the Two Captains, Beleg and Túrin), a center of resistance against the forces of [[Morgoth]]. Eventually Túrin's location was discovered, and the outlaws were destroyed by [[Orcs]], and the hilltop was covered with blood in truth.<ref name="Mim"/>
  
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Amon Rûdh was lost under the [[Belegaer|sea]] with the destruction of [[Beleriand]] during the [[War of Wrath]] at the end of the First Age.
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==Etymology==
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''Amon Rûdh'' means "Bald Hill" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[amon]]'' = "hill" and ''[[rûdh]]'' = "bald").<ref name="Mim"/>
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'''''Sharbhund''''' means "Bald Hill" in [[Khuzdul]], ''[[bund]]'' being the word for "head".{{fact}}
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The first element meaning "bald" would be *''shar(a)h''. The cluster ''-rbh-'' could be the result of metathesis (from *''sharhbund'').<ref>''[http://www.forodrim.org/daeron/md_khuzdul.html An analysis of Dwarvish]'' by Magnus Åberg</ref>
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Ted Nasmith - Túrin and his Band are Led to Amon Rûdh.jpg
Amon Rûdh
Physical Description
TypeHill
LocationSouth of the Teiglin
RealmsDor-Cúarthol
InhabitantsPetty-dwarves
DescriptionTall, steep hill topped with red seregon
General Information
Other namesSharbhund, Bald Hill
EtymologyS. amon "hill" + rûdh "bald"
EventsSack of Bar-en-Danwedh

Amon Rûdh was a hill that lay south of the Forest of Brethil and the Teiglin in West Beleriand during the First Age.[1] It rose a thousand feet above the eastern edge of high moorlands. It was a hill of stone, on its lower slopes were thickets of aeglos but only deep red seregon flowers grew on top, giving it the appearance of being covered with blood.[2]

History

At one time Amon Rûdh supported a settlement of Petty-dwarves in caves that could have housed a hundred or more. It had a main and secondary hall with many other chambers and passageways. There was a hidden smoke-shaft for the hearth and chambers with axes and other gear. However the Petty-dwarves had dwindled in number until only Mîm and his sons Ibun and Khîm lived in hilltop hideaway.

Mîm was captured by a group of outlaws led by Túrin Turambar and forced to reveal the location of his refuge, which was then called Bar-en-Danwedh, the "House of Ransom". (Previously, it had been known as Bar-en-Nibin-noeg, the "House of the Petty Dwarves".) When it was discovered that Khîm, who had been shot at, had actually been killed, Túrin repented and offered his services to the Dwarf, who from then on tolerated the presence of the outlaws.

Amon Rûdh became the base of operations for the outlaws and with the arrival of Beleg, it became the heart of the area known as Dor-Cúarthol, the "Land of Bow and Helm" (referring to the Two Captains, Beleg and Túrin), a center of resistance against the forces of Morgoth. Eventually Túrin's location was discovered, and the outlaws were destroyed by Orcs, and the hilltop was covered with blood in truth.[2]

Amon Rûdh was lost under the sea with the destruction of Beleriand during the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age.

Etymology

Amon Rûdh means "Bald Hill" in Sindarin (from amon = "hill" and rûdh = "bald").[2]

Sharbhund means "Bald Hill" in Khuzdul, bund being the word for "head".[source?]

The first element meaning "bald" would be *shar(a)h. The cluster -rbh- could be the result of metathesis (from *sharhbund).[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Of Mîm the Dwarf"
  3. An analysis of Dwarvish by Magnus Åberg