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'''Menegroth''', the 'Thousand Caves', was the city in the land of [[Doriath]] which was home to king [[Thingol]] and queen [[Melian]] of the [[Sindar]]in people.  It was there that [[Thingol]] was slain by the Dwarven craftsmen of [[Nogrod]]. It was later sacked by the [[sons of Fëanor]] in pursuit of the one of the [[Silmarils]] to have left [[Morgoth]]'s iron crown prior to the [[War of Wrath]].  This description can be found in the [[Lay of Leithian]]:
 
'''Menegroth''', the 'Thousand Caves', was the city in the land of [[Doriath]] which was home to king [[Thingol]] and queen [[Melian]] of the [[Sindar]]in people.  It was there that [[Thingol]] was slain by the Dwarven craftsmen of [[Nogrod]]. It was later sacked by the [[sons of Fëanor]] in pursuit of the one of the [[Silmarils]] to have left [[Morgoth]]'s iron crown prior to the [[War of Wrath]].  This description can be found in the [[Lay of Leithian]]:
  
:…through corridors of carven dread
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<poem>
:whose turns were lit by lanterns hung
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…through corridors of carven dread
:or flames from torches that were flung
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whose turns were lit by lanterns hung
:on dragons hewn in the cold stone
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or flames from torches that were flung
:with jewelled eyes and teeth of bone.
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on dragons hewn in the cold stone
:Then sudden, deep beneath the earth
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with jewelled eyes and teeth of bone.
:the silences with silver mirth
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Then sudden, deep beneath the earth
:were shaken and the rocks were ringing,
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the silences with silver mirth
:the birds of Melian were singing;
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were shaken and the rocks were ringing,
:and wide the ways of shadow spread
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the birds of Melian were singing;
:as into arched halls she led
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and wide the ways of shadow spread
:[[Beren]] in wonder.  There a light
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as into arched halls she led
:like day immortal and like night
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[[Beren]] in wonder.  There a light
:of stars unclouded, shone and gleamed.
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like day immortal and like night
:A vault of topless trees it seemed,
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of stars unclouded, shone and gleamed.
:whose trunks of carven stone there stood
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A vault of topless trees it seemed,
:like towers of an enchanted wood
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whose trunks of carven stone there stood
:in magic fast for ever bound,
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like towers of an enchanted wood
:bearing a roof whose branches wound
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in magic fast for ever bound,
:in endless tracery of green
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bearing a roof whose branches wound
:lit by some leaf-imprisoned sheen
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in endless tracery of green
:of moon and sun, and wrought of gems,
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lit by some leaf-imprisoned sheen
:and each leaf hung on golden stems.
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of moon and sun, and wrought of gems,
Lo! there amid immortal flowers
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and each leaf hung on golden stems.
:the nightingales in shining bowers
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  Lo! there amid immortal flowers
:sang o’er the head of Melian,
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the nightingales in shining bowers
:while water for ever dripped and ran
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sang o’er the head of Melian,
:from fountains in the rocky floor.
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while water for ever dripped and ran
:There Thingol sat.  His crown he wore
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from fountains in the rocky floor.
:of green and silver, and round his chair
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There Thingol sat.  His crown he wore
:a host in gleaming armor fair…
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of green and silver, and round his chair
 
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a host in gleaming armor fair…
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</poem>
 
::''Lay of Leithian'', [[Lay of Leithian Canto IV|Canto IV]], lines 981-1011
 
::''Lay of Leithian'', [[Lay of Leithian Canto IV|Canto IV]], lines 981-1011
  

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Beleg Departs Menegroth by Alan Lee.

Menegroth, the 'Thousand Caves', was the city in the land of Doriath which was home to king Thingol and queen Melian of the Sindarin people. It was there that Thingol was slain by the Dwarven craftsmen of Nogrod. It was later sacked by the sons of Fëanor in pursuit of the one of the Silmarils to have left Morgoth's iron crown prior to the War of Wrath. This description can be found in the Lay of Leithian:

…through corridors of carven dread
whose turns were lit by lanterns hung
or flames from torches that were flung
on dragons hewn in the cold stone
with jewelled eyes and teeth of bone.
Then sudden, deep beneath the earth
the silences with silver mirth
were shaken and the rocks were ringing,
the birds of Melian were singing;
and wide the ways of shadow spread
as into arched halls she led
Beren in wonder. There a light
like day immortal and like night
of stars unclouded, shone and gleamed.
A vault of topless trees it seemed,
whose trunks of carven stone there stood
like towers of an enchanted wood
in magic fast for ever bound,
bearing a roof whose branches wound
in endless tracery of green
lit by some leaf-imprisoned sheen
of moon and sun, and wrought of gems,
and each leaf hung on golden stems.
   Lo! there amid immortal flowers
the nightingales in shining bowers
sang o’er the head of Melian,
while water for ever dripped and ran
from fountains in the rocky floor.
There Thingol sat. His crown he wore
of green and silver, and round his chair
a host in gleaming armor fair…

Lay of Leithian, Canto IV, lines 981-1011

This description is remarkably similar to the description of Morgoth's stronghold of Angband (Canto XII, lines 3840-3903), suggesting that in a way these were the opposites: the symbol of the forces of light and its evil counterpart of darkness.