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'''Carn Dûm''' was the capital of [[Angmar]].
 
'''Carn Dûm''' was the capital of [[Angmar]].
  
Established on the very Eastern tip of the mountains of [[Angmar]], on the Western tip of the [[Mountains of Angmar]] which is near the [[Dwarves|Dwarven]] holy site [[Mount Gundabad]], it was inhabited by the [[Witch-king of Angmar]] and his many servants: fallen [[Men]], [[Orcs]], and other fell creatures. From here he based his attacks on the three petty realms of [[Arnor]], quickly managing to destroy [[Rhudaur]] and later [[Cardolan]].
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==History==
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Established on the very western end of the [[Mountains of Angmar]], it was inhabited by the [[Witch-king of Angmar]] and his many servants: fallen [[Men]], [[Orcs]], and other fell creatures. From here he based his attacks on the three petty realms of [[Arnor]], quickly managing to destroy [[Rhudaur]] and later [[Cardolan]].
  
[[Arthedain]] fell in the [[Battle of Fornost]] in [[Third Age 1974]], but the Witch-king was routed by [[Glorfindel of Rivendell|Glorfindel]] and in 1975 Angmar itself fell under an assault, and '''Carn Dûm''' was sieged by the [[Dúnedain]] of [[Gondor]], the survivors of [[Arnor]], and [[Elves]] of [[Lindon]]. Carn Dûm was utterly destroyed, although some Orcs survived there until at least the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] and possibly after as well, until they were wiped out by [[Aragorn Elessar]], [[High King]] of the [[Reunited Kingdom]].
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[[Arthedain]] fell in the [[Battle of Fornost]] in [[Third Age 1974]], but the Witch-king was routed by [[Glorfindel of Rivendell|Glorfindel]] and in [[Third Age 1975|1975]] Angmar itself fell under an assault, and Carn Dûm was sieged by the [[Dúnedain]] of [[Gondor]], the survivors of [[Arnor]], and [[Elves]] of [[Lindon]]. Carn Dûm was utterly destroyed, although some Orcs survived there until at least the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] and possibly after as well, until they were wiped out by [[Elessar]], [[High King]] of the [[Reunited Kingdom]].{{fact}}
==Etymology==
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''Carn dúm'' in Gaelic can be translated as 'mountain fortress' but it is not known if this was intentional by Tolkien since he didn't use Gaelic anywhere else.<ref>http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/c/carndum.html</ref>
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In the context of the [[languages]] of [[Middle-earth]], the meaning and the language of the name is not known. The circumflex ^ is used by Tolkien in [[Sindarin]] extra long vowels<ref>''[[The Silmarillion]]'' appendix</ref>, but these words (if Sindarin) have not been attested.
 
 
The name could be [[Khuzdul]] (like [[Gundabad]] nearby) but Tolkien uses ''K'' for this language instead of ''C''<ref>[[Appendix E]]</ref>, although [[Dûm]] is also a Khuzdul word meaning "hall, mansion".
 
 
Other than that, it could be some unrecorded [[Avarin]] or [[Mannish]] language.
 
 
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Carn Dûm was the capital of Angmar.

History

Established on the very western end of the Mountains of Angmar, it was inhabited by the Witch-king of Angmar and his many servants: fallen Men, Orcs, and other fell creatures. From here he based his attacks on the three petty realms of Arnor, quickly managing to destroy Rhudaur and later Cardolan.

Arthedain fell in the Battle of Fornost in Third Age 1974, but the Witch-king was routed by Glorfindel and in 1975 Angmar itself fell under an assault, and Carn Dûm was sieged by the Dúnedain of Gondor, the survivors of Arnor, and Elves of Lindon. Carn Dûm was utterly destroyed, although some Orcs survived there until at least the War of the Dwarves and Orcs and possibly after as well, until they were wiped out by Elessar, High King of the Reunited Kingdom.[source?]