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Angband (Hells of Iron)
Peaks of Angband
Place in Arda
Aliases Melkor's Stronghold, Dark Castle, Fortress of Doom
Summary Underground fortress/prison of Morgoth
Built by Morgoth, Sauron
Realm Middle-earth
Iron Mountains (Ered Engrin)
Capital {{{place_capital}}}
Lord Morgoth, later Sauron, then Morgoth again
Type Fortress-Stronghold
Lifespan Built during the Years of the Trees and destroyed in the First Age

Angband was an ancient fortress, built by Morgoth in the Iron Mountains before the First Age, and from which he tried to subjugate Arda. It was destroyed at the conclusion of the War of Wrath.


Melkor originally built Angband to guard against a possible attack from Aman by the Valar, and put Sauron in command of it. However, at the initiation of the War of Powers, the Valar's attack destroyed Angband without much difficulty, and forced Melkor to flee to his primary stronghold of Utumno. However, Angband was left relatively intact after the Valar's onslaught, as they were in such haste to capture Melkor that they did not destroy many of it's underground chambers. After three ages of imprisonment, Melkor, now Morgoth, destroyed the Two Trees and stole the Silmarils. He returned to Middle-earth and re-delved the ruins Angband, raising the volcanic peaks of Thangorodrim over it as protection. From here, he fought the War of Jewels against the returned Noldor, ultimately achieving complete victory over them. At the end of the First Age, the Valar took pity on the Noldor and instigated the War of Wrath, which not only destroyed the Angband but shattered most of northern Middle-earth.[1]

Earlier versions of the legendariumEdit


Map of Northern Lands.

In earlier versions of Tolkien's mythology (see: The History of Middle-earth) it was called Angamando, the Quenya form of the name.


Angband is a Sindarin word that meant 'Hells of Iron', although the literal meaning is 'iron prison'.[2]

See alsoEdit

Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:


Dunland | Ithilien | Rohan | Arnor | Ettenmoors | Gondor | Lindon | Minhiriath | Rhûn | The Shire | Mordor | Harad | Forochel

Forests & Mountains:

Amon Dîn | Amon Hen | Amon Lhaw | Emyn Muil | Erebor | Fangorn Forest | High Pass | Iron Hills | Lórien | Mirkwood | Mount Doom | Old Forest | Redhorn Pass | Tower Hills | Weather Hills


Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Helm's Deep | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno


Cair Andros | Gap of Rohan | Grey Havens | Buckland | Enedwaith | Dagorlad | Dead Marshes | Fords of Isen | Weathertop | Argonath

The rest of Arda:

Valinor | Númenor | Dark Land | Aman | Tol Eressëa


  1. The Silmarillion
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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