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Iron Crown

Iron Crown
Audrey Corman - Iron Crown.jpg
"The Iron Crown" by Audrey Corman
OwnerMorgoth
CreatedAngband, Y.T. 1495
Notable forQuest for the Silmaril

The Iron Crown was the crown forged by Morgoth to hold the three Silmarils.

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[edit] History

[edit] First Age

The Iron Crown was forged by Morgoth in the year Y.T. 1495 on his return to Middle-earth to hold the three Silmarils. He bore it throughout the First Age, and would not remove it, although it was a great burden to him.[1] In F.A. 466, Lúthien cast a spell of sleep upon Morgoth, and as he fell to the ground, the Iron Crown rolled away. Beren retrieved a Silmaril from it using the knife Angrist. He attempted to take a second, but the knife broke, and Morgoth stirred.[2] After Morgoth's defeat by the Valar in the War of Wrath, the crown was beaten into a collar for his neck.[3]

[edit] Third Age

Ages later, Samwise Gamgee mentioned the "Iron Crown in Thangorodrim" to Frodo Baggins while mentioning Beren's Quest for the Silmaril.[4]


References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol", p. 712