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Gothmog (balrog)

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''(See also [[Gothmog, Lieutenant of Morgul]])''
 
''(See also [[Gothmog, Lieutenant of Morgul]])''
  
Gothmog is (a demon of might)a Maia spirit of the race of balrogs, no doubt the most powerful to walk Middle-earth being that he was Lord of all Balrogs in the first age answerable only to Morgoth The Dark Enemy, his master.  
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'''Gothmog''' was the Lord of [[Balrogs]] and the High-Captain of [[Angband]], one of the chief servants of the Dark Lord [[Morgoth]] with a rank equal to that of [[Sauron]]. While he was not as powerful or cruel as the Dark Lords, he surpassed them in strategy and also in brute strength.  He carried a black axe and fought in the [[Dagor-nuin-Giliath]], where he mortally wounded [[Fëanor]]. He killed two Kings of the [[Noldor]]: Fëanor in the Dagor-nuin-Giliath, and [[Fingon]] in the [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]]. In that same battle, he captured [[Húrin]] of [[Dor-lómin]], who had slain his personal body guard of Trolls, and brought him to Angband. He also led the assault on [[Gondolin]], and there slew, and was slain by, [[Ecthelion of the Fountain]], a Noldorin Elf-lord.
  
Gothmog was a spirit of might standing around 12feet high and weilding a mighty black axe and whip of flame. Truely Morgoth's greatest servant he held the titles of Lord of balrogs, high captain of Angbad and Marshall of the hosts. Morgoth was truely a great warrior commanding many of Morgoth's armies in many battles for example the crushing of the Noldor elves at the battlefields of Beleriand he also commanded at other battles, including Dragor-Nuin-Gilliath where he ambushes Fëanor and mortally wounds him.  
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In the earliest version of his mythology (''[[The Book of Lost Tales]]''), Tolkien describes Gothmog as a son of Morgoth and the ogress Fluithuin, but the idea of the children of [[Valar]] was abandoned in later writings.
  
Gothmog commands again at the battle of Nirnaeth Arnoediad, with a host of Orcs, Balrogs and Dragons at his side he slays Fingon, high king of the Noldor and he captures Húrin of Dol-lómin who had just slain his personal bodyguard of Battle Trolls and takes him to Angbad to his master.  
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In one of Tolkien's early Middle-earth writings, ''[[Lay of the Children of Húrin]]'', "'''Lungorthin''', Lord of Balrogs" is mentioned. It is not, however, certain if it was another name for Gothmog, or it simply meant "a Balrog lord". According to [[Christopher Tolkien]], the latter is more probable, as the name Gothmog was mentioned in the earliest Middle-earth writings, as well as the final version of Tolkien's mythology.
  
He then commands (as his Title of Marshal of the hosts suggests) at the storming of Gondolin and near kills Tuor when an elf lord Ecthelion of the Fountain intervines, and Gothmog finally meets his doom as he slays Ecthelion in single combat but he himself is slain by the Elven Lord finally the Champion of Morgoth meets his demise.
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Fingon and Gothmog by Ted Nasmith.

(See also Gothmog, Lieutenant of Morgul)

Gothmog was the Lord of Balrogs and the High-Captain of Angband, one of the chief servants of the Dark Lord Morgoth with a rank equal to that of Sauron. While he was not as powerful or cruel as the Dark Lords, he surpassed them in strategy and also in brute strength. He carried a black axe and fought in the Dagor-nuin-Giliath, where he mortally wounded Fëanor. He killed two Kings of the Noldor: Fëanor in the Dagor-nuin-Giliath, and Fingon in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. In that same battle, he captured Húrin of Dor-lómin, who had slain his personal body guard of Trolls, and brought him to Angband. He also led the assault on Gondolin, and there slew, and was slain by, Ecthelion of the Fountain, a Noldorin Elf-lord.


In the earliest version of his mythology (The Book of Lost Tales), Tolkien describes Gothmog as a son of Morgoth and the ogress Fluithuin, but the idea of the children of Valar was abandoned in later writings.

In one of Tolkien's early Middle-earth writings, Lay of the Children of Húrin, "Lungorthin, Lord of Balrogs" is mentioned. It is not, however, certain if it was another name for Gothmog, or it simply meant "a Balrog lord". According to Christopher Tolkien, the latter is more probable, as the name Gothmog was mentioned in the earliest Middle-earth writings, as well as the final version of Tolkien's mythology.


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