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Carn Dûm
Background Information
Type City/Fortress of Evil
Location Western tip of the Mountains of Angmar
Realms Angmar
Capital
Founded/Built TA 1300
Ruler Witch-king of Angmar
Other Information
Summary Known for being the capital city and fortress of the evil realm of Angmar
Other names
Inhabitants Orcs, Trolls, Men, Wolves, and evil creatures of Darkness
Spoken Languages Black Speech, Orcish, Westron
Lifespan TA 1300 - TA 1975


Carn Dûm was the capital of Angmar established in the west point of the Mountains of Angmar, near Mount Gundabad in the Misty Mountains, it was inhabited by the Witch-king and his many servants. From here he based his attacks on the three petty realms of Arnor in the early Third Age, quickly managing to coerce or destroy the men of Rhudaur, and later also those of Cardolan and Arthedain.

HistoryEdit

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The Witch-King founded Carn Dûm sometime around the year 1300 of the Third Age. He used it as the capital of his kingdom and was his base in the war against Arnor. After conquering Rhudaur and Cardolan the armies of Arthedain with the help of the elves managed to make the armies of Angmar withdraw to Carn Dûm. Arthedain fell in the Battle of Fornost in TA 1974, but the Witch-king was routed by Glorfindel and in TA 1975 Angmar itself fell under an assault by the Dúnedain of Gondor, led by Eärnur, the survivors of Arnor, and the Elves of Lindon. Carn Dûm was utterly destroyed, although some orcs survived there until at least the War of the Dwarves and Orcs and possibly after as well, until they were wiped out by Aragorn II, King Elessar of the Reunited Kingdom.

After being rescued by Tom Bombadil from the clutches of a barrow wight while crossing the barrow downs, Merry briefly recalls being attacked by the men of Carn Dûm, presumably sharing briefly the memory of the Barrow-wight.[1]

Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-kingEdit

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Carn Dûm as depicted in The Lord of the Rings Online, being rebuilt by the resurgent forces of Angmar.

Several video games have depicted Carn Dûm so far. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king features it as part of the Witch-King's campaign. In this game it was originally a fortress of Morgoth that fell into ruins. The Witch-king consolidated the union of Angmar by constructing Carn Dûm over this ruins.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the NorthEdit

In the The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Carn Dûm serves as the stronghold of Agandaur, Sauron's Lieutenant bent of conquering the North.

The Lord of the Rings OnlineEdit

In The Lord of the Rings Online, Carn Dûm is a seat of Witch-king steward Mordirith, also known as false King, who was spreading fires of war in the North until defeated in TA 3018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Third Age, "Wainriders and Angmar"

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