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Glittering Caves

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Glittering Caves
Physical Description
LocationWhite Mountains
DescriptionJewelled caverns
General Information
Other namesAglarond
EventsBattle of Helm's Deep
ReferencesThe Lord of the Rings

The Glittering Caves, also called Aglarond, were the spectacular jewelled caverns that lay in the White Mountains behind Helm's Deep in Rohan.


The Glittering Caves were located behind Helm's Deep under the three peaks of the Thrihyrne in the northwestern arm of the White Mountains. Gimli called the Glittering Caves one of the marvels of the Northern World. The Glittering Caves extended deep under the mountains, with many passages, stairs, halls, and chambers. The floors were sandy and the ceilings were high, domed vaults. The walls were polished stone set with gems and crystals and veins of ore.

As a Dwarven Colony

When Gimli Elf-friend was held up in the caves with Éomer and many other Men of Rohan during the Battle of the Hornburg, he was amazed by their beauty. After the War of the Ring he brought from Erebor part of Durin's folk and founded a colony in the caves, becoming the first Lord of the Glittering Caves.

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The Dwarven Colony at the Glittering Caves


The Glittering Caves are one of very few locations in Tolkien's work that are associated with a real place. They were inspired by the Cheddar Gorge and Caves in the southern English county of Somerset.