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Mountain range
General Information
Other namesRed Mountains, Mountains of the East
LocationFar east of Middle-earth
TypeMountain range
DescriptionHome of the other four Dwarf Houses

The Orocarni (also called the Red Mountains) was a mountain range in the far north-east of Middle-earth made by the Valar after Melkor destroyed the Two Lamps.[1]


On the western slopes of the Orocarni grew the Wild Wood, and near a great waterfall of a river that flowed into the Inland Sea of Helcar lay the bay of Cuiviénen, where the first Elves woke.[2][3] At their northern edge, the Orocarni came close to the Ered Engrin,[1] similar to Ered Luin in the far north-west.

Four of the seven Fathers of the Dwarves presumably awoke in the range, establishing realms under the mountains. The distance between their mansions in the East and the Misty Mountains, specifically Gundabad, was said to be as great or greater than that of Gundabad's distance from the Blue Mountains in the West.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "V. The Ambarkanta: Map IV", p. 256
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman", p. 77, notes §41
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 301