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Grond
Background Information
Other Names Hammer of the Underworld[1]
Manufacturer
Made
Usage
Owners Melkor
Appearances
Books The Silmarillion
The History of Middle-earth
Films


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, and was extremely powerful.

HistoryEdit

Forged in an unknown time and place, Grond was mentioned only once, as the weapon of Morgoth in his single combat with FingolfinHigh King of the Ñoldor. Fingolfin had challenged Morgoth after the Ñoldor's devastating defeat at Dagor Bragollach.

Every blow of the hammer brought down a lightning strike and left a crater. Fingolfin evaded it, and struck Morgoth seven great wounds, filling the pits with the enemy's blood. At last Fingolfin stumbled into one of the craters and was pinned by the Dark Lord's left foot. As Morgoth readied a death blow, Fingolfin stabbed one last time, at his foot. The blow crippled Morgoth, already weakened by his labors in corrupting Arda and grasping the Silmarils, and he limped for the rest of his life on earth.[2]

During the Third Age, Sauron, Morgoth's great servant and successor, recalled his master's Hammer when he built a huge battering ram to break the gates of Minas Tirith during the Siege of Gondor, also naming it Grond.[3]

EtymologyEdit

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]

Also, Grond means "ground" in Dutch, perhaps referring to the fact the hammer was able to form craters into the ground.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Armenian Գրոնդ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Грунд
Chinese (Hong Kong) 葛龍得
Georgian ღრონდ
German Grond (Keule)
Greek Γρονδ
Gujarati ગ઼રોન્દ
Hebrew ג רונד ?
Hindi गरोड
Italian Grond (Martello da Guerra)
Kazakh Cyrillic Гронд
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Гронд
Macedonian Cyrillic Гронд
Mongolian Cyrillic Гронд
Nepalese घरोनद ?
Russian Молот Гронд
Sanskrit ङ्रोन्द्
Serbian (Cyrillic) Grond (Latin) гронд
Tajik Cyrillic Гронд
Sinhalese ග්‍රොඳ්
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ґронд
Uyghur غروند
Yiddish גראָנד


ReferencesEdit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. III: The Lays of Beleriand, chapter 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. V: 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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