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Gundabad

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Mount Gundabad is a mountain at the northern end of the Misty Mountains.

According to the Dwarves, Durin the Deathless, oldest of the Fathers of the Dwarves, awoke at Mount Gundabad in the north of the Misty Mountains shortly after the Awakening of the Elves. Mount Gundabad remained a sacred place to the Dwarves ever after.

In the Third Age, the Orcs of Angmar claimed it as their capital, which was one of the reasons for the Dwarves' special hatred of this people. After the fall of Angmar Gundabad remained an Orc stronghold, until it was cleaned of Orcs during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. But the Orcs repopulated it over the next two hundred years, although after the Battle of Five Armies, there probably weren't as many.

Mount Gundabad was the rally point of the armies of Bolg the Goblin chieftain, who would later go on to fight the Battle of Five Armies.

It is likely that the Dwarves, with the aid of King Elessar destroyed the Goblins of Gundabad, along with the rest of the Orcs of the Mountains.

Gundabad is a Khuzdul word probably meaning underground hall. Although, Gunda probably comes from the word Gunud, meaning excavate or tunnel.