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Background Information
Other Names Hammer of the Underworld[1]
Owners Melkor
Books The Silmarillion
The History of Middle-earth

Grond was the great warhammer of Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, which he wielded in the First Age. It was also referred to as the Hammer of the Underworld.


Created at an unknown time and in an unknown place, it was only mentioned once in the history of . Morgoth wielded Grond whilst in combat with Fingolfin, the High King of the Ñoldor, who challenged him to single combat after much of the Ñoldor and their allies were tragically defeated in the Dagor Bragollach.

With every blow from the hammer that struck, a crater was formed and lightning struck the ground. Fingolfin managed to evade these blows, and gave Morgoth seven great wounds, which caused enough of Morgoth's blood to pour out to fill the pits. However, Fingolfin eventually stumbled into one of the craters and was pinned by the Dark Lord's left foot. And as Morgoth readied the finial death blow to slay him, Fingolfin made one last strike, stabbing Morgoth in the foot. And as Morgoth was weakened by the power that he had spent on corrupting Arda and by touching the hallowed Silmarils, Morgoth was crippled for the rest of his life in Arda, forcing him to walk with a limp.[2]

During the Third Age, Sauron, Morgoth's most trusted servant and his successor as the Dark Lord, perhaps in homage to the Hammer of the Underworld, gave the name Grond to an enormous battering ram forged in Mordor to break the gates of Minas Tirith, during the Siege of Gondor.[3]


The name Grond means "Club", from the Quenya rud- or runda ("rough piece of wood").[4] In Sindarin, the name means "very weighty and ponderous".[5]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 葛龍得
German Grond (Keule)
Italian Grond (Martello da Guerra)
Russian Молот Гронд


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 3: The Lays of Beleriand, III: "The Lay of Leithian", Canto XII
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter IV: "The Siege of Gondor"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  5. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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