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Nogrod

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Nogrod
Political information
EtymologyDwarf hollow in Sindarin, Hollowbold in Khuzdul
GovernmentCity state
Head of StateKing or Lord of Nogrod
Societal information
CapitalNogrod
LanguageKhuzdul, Sindarin
LocationSoutheast of Mount Dolmed
PopulaceDwarves of Nogrod
Historical information
Formed fromUnknown, not long after the Awakening of the Dwarf-fathers in the Years of the Trees
EstablishmentYears of the Trees
DissolutionF.A. 587

Nogrod was one of two Dwarven cities in the Ered Luin, home to the Dwarves of Nogrod.

[edit] Description

Nogrod lay in the north central part of the mountain range, near Mount Dolmed where the Dwarf-road of Beleriand crossed into Eriador.[1] It guarded one of the only passes through the mountain range.[2] It was home to the Dwarves of Nogrod. Nogrod was also the home to the great Dwarven smiths Gamil Zirak and Telchar.[3]

[edit] History

The city was built sometime during the Years of the Trees when the western Dwarf Fathers awoke from beneath Mount Dolmed.[4]

Eöl the Dark Elf often went there, as did his son Maeglin.[5] While initially friendly to the Elves of Beleriand, the Dwarves of Nogrod killed Thingol of Doriath in his treasury after having crafting the Nauglamir for him, and fled, only to be slaughtered by the avenging Elves who killed all but two. They returned to Nogrod, and roused their kin to war who then marched with a great host to sack the Menegroth after the departure of Melian and her protective Girdle of Melian. After Menegroth had been ravaged, they were hunted down by Beren Erchamion and killed by his army of Laiquendi and a group of Ents at the Battle of Sarn Athrad as they were crossing the river.[6]

Like Belegost a little to the North, Nogrod was ruined during the War of Wrath, when the Blue Mountains were broken and the Gulf of Lune flowed into Eriador. However, it is possible that at least one of the cities was also at least partially rebuilt and occupied through the Fourth Age, as the remains of Mount Dolmed appear to still exist in the middle of the northern Ered Luin.[7]

[edit] Etymology

Nogrod can be analyzed as containing Naug/Nogoth "dwarf"; the second element *-rod could be a form of rhaud "hollow, cavernous".[8][source?]

Its name in Khuzdul was Tumunzahar (meaning "Hollowbold"),[5] and its Quenya name was Návarot.[9]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, p. 24 ("But the Dwarves had built some great Mansions in those mountains [the Ered Luin] (commanding the only passes)")
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Narn i Hîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)", The Departure of Túrin
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, p. 24 ("...which had certainly been founded long ago ... before the coming of the exiled Noldor, probably before the Eldar of the Great Journey ever reached Beleriand")
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  7. Article
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" p. 384
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix B. Elvish names for the Dwarves", p. 389