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The fire-mountain in the northern parts of [[Mordor]], in which [[Sauron]] forged the [[One Ring]] during the [[Second Age]], and into which the same Ring fell thousands of years later to bring about the [[Dark Lord]]'s downfall.
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'''Orodruin''' is the original [[Sindarin]] name of the volcano in [[Mordor]], also known as [[Amon Amarth]] or [[Mount Doom]] in [[Gondor]].
''Orodruin'' is glossed as "burning mountain"<ref>{{App|F2}}</ref> and "mountain of the red flame".<ref>{{HM|N}}, p. 769</ref> The name likely consists of ''[[ered|orod]]'' ("mountain") + ''[[ruin]]'' ("fiery red").<ref>[ Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth] at [] (accessed 14 July 2011)</ref>
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' (from [[Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age]]); the most famous result of his forging, and in fact the only one we know of for sure, was the One Ring, made in about the year II 1600. So powerful was the sorcery used in the making of the Ring that it could not be unmade, except by casting it back into the same fire that had forged it.
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The first opportunity to destroy the Ring came in the last year of the Second Age, at the end of the [[War of the Last Alliance]]. Sauron was defeated in that War, and [[Isildur]] cut the Ring from his hand. [[Elrond]] and [[Círdan]] counselled him to destroy the Ring then (the battle had taken place at the gates of [[Barad-dûr]], and Orodruin was therefore near at hand), but Isildur refused, and claimed the Ring for himself. So the doom of the Third Age was made.
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. After the [[Downfall of Númenor]], for example, the [[Exiles in Middle-earth]] first knew that Sauron had also escaped the Downfall when they saw smoke rising from Orodruin, and an Age later at the [[Council of Elrond]] ([[The Lord of the Rings]] II 2), [[Boromir]] says 'Smoke rises once more from Orodruin that we call [[Mount Doom]]'.

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Main article: Mount Doom

Orodruin is the original Sindarin name of the volcano in Mordor, also known as Amon Amarth or Mount Doom in Gondor.

[edit] Etymology

Orodruin is glossed as "burning mountain"[1] and "mountain of the red flame".[2] The name likely consists of orod ("mountain") + ruin ("fiery red").[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  2. 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, p. 769
  3. Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth at (accessed 14 July 2011)