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'''Mount Doom''', or '''Orodruin''' ([[Sindarin|S]], pron. {{IPA|[oˈrodruɪn]}} in three syllables), is a volcano in [[Mordor]] where the [[One Ring]] was forged in the [[Crack of Doom]], a fiery chasm within the mountain. [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]]'s quest to destroy the Ring at Mount Doom occupies the bulk of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.
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'''Mount Doom''', or '''[[Orodruin]]''' ([[Sindarin|S]], pron. {{IPA|[oˈrodruɪn]}} in three syllables), was a volcano in [[Mordor]].
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==History==
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When [[Sauron]] chose the land of [[Mordor]] as his dwelling-place in the [[Second Age]], Orodruin was the reason for his choice. He "''used the fire that welled there from the heart of the earth in his sorceries and his forging.''The most famous result of his forging, and in fact the only one we know of for sure, was the One Ring.  
  
''Orodruin'' is [[Sindarin]] for "Fire Mountain". The Sindarin equivalent of ''Mount Doom'' is ''[[Amon Amarth]]'', meaning "Mountain of Fate".
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The mountain erupted in {{SA|3429}} signalling Sauron's attack to [[Gondor]] and it took the name [[Amon Amarth]] "Mount Doom".
  
When Sauron chose the land of [[Mordor]] as his dwelling-place in the [[Second Age]], Orodruin was the reason for his choice. He 'used the fire that welled there from the heart of the earth in his sorceries and his forging.'  The most famous result of his forging, and in fact the only one we know of for sure, was the One Ring.
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In {{TA|2954}} Mount Doom reawakened and the last inhabitants of [[Ithilien]] terrified fled over [[Anduin]].<ref>{{App|B}}</ref> From then on it erupted sporadically until the end of the Age.
  
Orodruin was far more than a natural volcano - Sauron seems to have extended his own power into it, and was able to control its fires. It seems to have lain dormant when [[Sauron]] was away from Mordor, and sprung into life when his power grew.
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The [[Fellowship of the Ring]]'s [[Quest for the Ring|quest]] in the [[War of the Ring]] was to destroy the Ring at Mount Doom.
  
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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==Description==
'''2001-3: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]'':'''
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - At the Foot of Mount Doom.jpg|thumb|left|[[Ted Nasmith]] - At the Foot of Mount Doom]]
:Mount [[Ngauruhoe]] was used as Mount Doom in some scenes. In long shots the mountain is either a large model or a CGI effect, or a combination. It was not permitted to film the summit of Ngauruhoe because it is sacred to the Maori of the region. However, some scenes which showed the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on the actual slopes of Mt. [[Ruapehu]].
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It stood alone in an empty plain, the [[Plateau of Gorgoroth]] and was connected to the [[Dark Tower]] with [[Sauron's Road]], rising about 4500 feet with its base about 3000 feet tall.<ref>[[Robert Foster]], ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'' entry "Orodruin"</ref><ref name=K/> The Road approached the east side of the base at a causeway and then wound up like a snake; at that point the Road seemed damaged by the lava and re-repaired several times.<ref name=K>[[Karen Wynn Fonstad]], ''[[The Atlas of Middle-earth]]'', p. 146</ref>
  
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Inside its cone, were the [[Sammath Naur]] leading to the [[Crack of Doom]], a fiery chasm where [[the One Ring]] was forged.
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==Etymology==
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''Mount Doom'' is the [[Westron|Common Speech]] translation of ''[[Amon Amarth]]'' in [[Gondor]].<ref name="Nomen"/>
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The name was given because the volcano was linked in ancient and little-understood prophecies with the final end of the [[Third Age]], when [[the One Ring]] was found again.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, pp. 768-9</ref>
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==Theories==
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According to [[Karen Fonstad]], the Mount Doom was obviously a [[Wikipedia:stratovolcano|stratovolcano]], composited by alternating layers of ash and lava. Towering at only 4500ft, it was relatively short.<ref name=K/>
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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'''2001-03: [[The Lord of the Rings (film series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (film series)]]:'''
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:[[Wikipedia:Mount Ngauruhoe|Mount Ngauruhoe]] was used as Mount Doom in some scenes. In long shots the mountain is either a large model or a CGI effect, or a combination. It was not permitted to film the summit of Ngauruhoe because it is sacred to the Maori of the region. However, some scenes which showed the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on the actual slopes of [[Wikipedia:Mount Ruapehu|Mount Ruapehu]].
 
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Across Gorgoroth by Ted Nasmith, prominently featuring Mount Doom.

Mount Doom, or Orodruin (S, pron. [oˈrodruɪn] in three syllables), was a volcano in Mordor.

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[edit] History

When Sauron chose the land of Mordor as his dwelling-place in the Second Age, Orodruin was the reason for his choice. He "used the fire that welled there from the heart of the earth in his sorceries and his forging." The most famous result of his forging, and in fact the only one we know of for sure, was the One Ring.

The mountain erupted in S.A. 3429 signalling Sauron's attack to Gondor and it took the name Amon Amarth "Mount Doom".

In T.A. 2954 Mount Doom reawakened and the last inhabitants of Ithilien terrified fled over Anduin.[1] From then on it erupted sporadically until the end of the Age.

The Fellowship of the Ring's quest in the War of the Ring was to destroy the Ring at Mount Doom.

[edit] Description

Ted Nasmith - At the Foot of Mount Doom

It stood alone in an empty plain, the Plateau of Gorgoroth and was connected to the Dark Tower with Sauron's Road, rising about 4500 feet with its base about 3000 feet tall.[2][3] The Road approached the east side of the base at a causeway and then wound up like a snake; at that point the Road seemed damaged by the lava and re-repaired several times.[3]

Inside its cone, were the Sammath Naur leading to the Crack of Doom, a fiery chasm where the One Ring was forged.

[edit] Etymology

Mount Doom is the Common Speech translation of Amon Amarth in Gondor.[4]

The name was given because the volcano was linked in ancient and little-understood prophecies with the final end of the Third Age, when the One Ring was found again.[4]

[edit] Theories

According to Karen Fonstad, the Mount Doom was obviously a stratovolcano, composited by alternating layers of ash and lava. Towering at only 4500ft, it was relatively short.[3]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

2001-03: The Lord of the Rings (film series):

Mount Ngauruhoe was used as Mount Doom in some scenes. In long shots the mountain is either a large model or a CGI effect, or a combination. It was not permitted to film the summit of Ngauruhoe because it is sacred to the Maori of the region. However, some scenes which showed the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on the actual slopes of Mount Ruapehu.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth entry "Orodruin"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth, p. 146
  4. 4.0 4.1 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. 768-9