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


Melkor built Angband to guard against a possible attack from Aman by the Valar, and put Sauron in command of it. Nonetheless, the Valar's attack succeeded in capturing Melkor and destroying his other stronghold Utumno. After three ages of imprisonment, Morgoth returned to Middle-earth and set himself up in Angband, raising the volcanic Thangorodrim over the Fortress as protection. He reigned there until the end of the First Age, when it was destroyed in the War of Wrath.[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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