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| name=Bar-en-Danwedh
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| image=[[File:Anke Eißmann - Ascent to Amon Rûdh.jpg|250px]]
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| caption="Ascent to Amon Rûdh" by [[Anke Eißmann]]
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| othernames=House of Ransom, ''Bar-en-Nibin-noeg'' ([[Sindarin|S]]), ''Echad i Sedryn'' ([[Sindarin|S]]), the ''Echad''
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| location=[[Amon Rûdh]], [[Talath Dirnen]]
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| type=Refuge
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| inhabitants=[[Mîm]] and his sons, [[Gaurwaith]]
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| destroyed={{FA|489}}<br />[[Sack of Bar-en-Danwedh]]
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'''Bar-en-Danwedh''' ([[Sindarin|S.]] House of Ransom) was an underground complex built inside [[Amon Rûdh]]. It was originally known as '''Bar-en-Nibin-noeg''' ([[Sindarin|S.]] House of the Petty Dwarves) before the [[Gaurwaith]] made it their secret refuge. After the establishment of [[Dor-Cúarthol]] the refuge was also known as '''Echad i Sedryn''' ([[Sindarin|S.]] Camp of the Faithful).
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==Description==
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[[Category:Sindarin locations]]
The entrance of Bar-en-Danwedh was hidden, to find it you have to approach Amon Rûdh from the north and follow a secret path on the slopes of the hill. The path wound to and fro, and without a guide it may take days to find the right way.<ref>{{CH|7}}, pp. 128-30</ref>
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The house of Mîm was vast and could have housed hundreds or more. There were many chambers within the halls for storage, working and dwelling but they were mostly empty. There was a small room that Mîm used for work that had a hearth and it shared a smoke-vent with another small hall. There was a hidden stair that led to the summit of Amon Rûdh that Mîm kept secret.<ref>{{CH|7}}, pp. 136-7</ref>
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==History==
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The place was originally a collony of [[Petty-dwarves]], and it was known as '''Bar-en-Nibin-noeg''', the "House of the Petty-dwarves". As the [[First Age]] wore on, these people dwindled, until at last only three survived: [[Mîm]] and his two sons [[Khîm]] and [[Ibun]]. To their misfortune, the Petty-dwarves encountered [[Túrin]] at the time he led a desperate band of outlaws. Mîm's sons fled, but Mîm himself was caught, and agreed to house the outlaws in exchange of his own life. So the Dwarf-delvings of Amon Rûdh became known as '''Bar-en-Danwedh''', meaning ''''House of Ransom''''. The ransom, in fact, was a double one: when they returned to Amon Rûdh, it was learned that Khîm had been shot by an arrow as he fled, and was dead. In recompense, Túrin promised to pay Mîm a ransom of his own, if ever he was able.
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Túrin and the outlaws stayed for more than a year in Bar-en-Danwedh, where they were joined by [[Beleg|Beleg Strongbow]] out of [[Doriath]]. They defended the lands around against [[Morgoth]]'s forces, and became so famous in that region that they gained a following, with Túrin and Beleg coming to be known as the [[Two Captains]] of [[Dor-Cúarthol]]. In the end, though, disaster struck: Mîm betrayed them to the [[Orcs]], who slew the outlaws and captured Túrin in a net. Beleg survived, and Mîm fled from him, never to return to his old House of Ransom on Amon Rûdh.<ref>{{S|Turin}}</ref><ref>{{CH|7}}</ref>
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==Other names==
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Another name of the house was '''Echad i Sedryn''' ([[Sindarin]], "Camp of the Faithful"). The "faithful" referred to [[Túrin|Túrin Turambar]] and his companions, after they had taken refuge there.<ref>{{CH|8}}, p. 144</ref>
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[[Category:Buildings]]
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[[Category:Beleriand]]
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[[Category:Caves]]
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[[de:Haus der Auslöse]]
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Latest revision as of 16:32, 24 January 2021

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