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Bridge of Nargothrond

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Bridge of Nargothrond
Bridge
Anke Eißmann - The host of Nargothrond.jpg
"The host of Nargothrond" by Anke Eißmann
General Information
TypeBridge
DescriptionStone bridge
History
DestroyedF.A. 495[1]

The Bridge of Nargothrond was a stone bridge over the Narog River from Doors of Felagund.

[edit] History

Wishing to make greater war against Morgoth, the Noldor of Nargothrond forsook their secrecy and by council of Túrin they built a mighty bridge over Narog. This let their hosts to cross the river more easily, as the battles were mainly in Talath Dirnen. Thus the hidden realm was revealed to the Enemy and his wrath.[2]

"Fall of Nargothrond" by Alan Lee

In the spring of F.A. 495, the Elves Gelmir and Arminas came to Nargothrond in name of Círdan, bringing news from Ulmo: Eithel Sirion had been tainted by Morgoth, so his power was now withdrawn from the Sirion; therefore, Nargothrond had to close its Doors and its bridge destroyed, so the Enemy would not find the hidden realm. Orodreth was troubled with this warning, but Túrin didn't hearken it, and refused to destroy the mighty bridge.[3]

In later autumn of the same year, the hosts of Nargothrond were defeated in the Battle of Tumhalad, after which Glaurung and his Orcs led to Nargothrond. In that moment the bridge proved a ruin, as it was too big and strong, and could not be swiftly destroyed. Therefore the guards could do nothing to stop the coming of the enemies, and the Doors were destroyed and the city sacked. Thereafter all the habitants were killed or enslaved, Glaurung destroyed the bridge and took the caves as his lair.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §275
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin in Nargothrond"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Fall of Nargothrond"