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The '''Cracks of Doom''', also known as [[Sammath Naur]], was the forge and workshop of [[Sauron]] tunneled deep into [[Orodruin]] and open to its central fire. It was here that [[Frodo Baggins]] cast [[the One Ring]] to be destroyed.
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The '''Cracks of Doom''', also known as '''''Sammath Naur''''', was the forge and workshop of [[Sauron]] tunneled deep into [[Mount Doom]] and open to its central fire. It was in these fiery chambers that [[Sauron]] forged [[the One Ring]], and it was here that [[Frodo Baggins]] cast the Ring to be destroyed.
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==Etymology==
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''Sammath Naur'' is a [[Sindarin]] name.
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''Sammath'' is [[Sindarin#Class Plural|collective plural]] of a word ''sam'' believed to mean "room, chamber"<ref>[http://www.jrrvf.com/hisweloke/sindar/online/sindar/dict-sd-en.html Hisweloke Sindarin dictionary]</ref>, cf. [[Quenya]] ''sambe''. Note that in the earlier ''[[Etymologies]]'' the [[Noldorin]] reflex of ''sambe'' was given as ''tham''.<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, entry STAB</ref>
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The latter word (''[[naur]]'') means "fire".<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 38</ref>
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==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
The name is a wordplay on "cracke of Doome" (''Macbeth''; IV i 117)  meaning the "sudden sound (crack) of the trump that announces the Last Day".<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, pp. 767-8</ref>
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The name ''Cracks of Doom'' is a wordplay on "cracke of Doome" (''Macbeth''; IV i 117)  meaning the "sudden sound (crack) of the trump that announces the Last Day".<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, pp. 767-8</ref> Here, [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] uses "crack" to mean "fissure".
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==See also==
  
Of course [[Tolkien]] uses here "crack" to mean "fissure".
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*[[:Category:Images of the Cracks of Doom|Images of the Cracks of Doom]]
 
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The Cracks of Doom by Tim Kirk.

The Cracks of Doom, also known as Sammath Naur, was the forge and workshop of Sauron tunneled deep into Mount Doom and open to its central fire. It was in these fiery chambers that Sauron forged the One Ring, and it was here that Frodo Baggins cast the Ring to be destroyed.

Etymology

Sammath Naur is a Sindarin name.

Sammath is collective plural of a word sam believed to mean "room, chamber"[1], cf. Quenya sambe. Note that in the earlier Etymologies the Noldorin reflex of sambe was given as tham.[2]

The latter word (naur) means "fire".[3]

Inspiration

The name Cracks of Doom is a wordplay on "cracke of Doome" (Macbeth; IV i 117) meaning the "sudden sound (crack) of the trump that announces the Last Day".[4] Here, Tolkien uses "crack" to mean "fissure".

See also

References

  1. Hisweloke Sindarin dictionary
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entry STAB
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 38
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 767-8