Lammoth was the land of "the Great Echo", and it was so named because it was where Morgoth and Ungoliant fled after the darkening of Valinor and Morgoth's theft of the Silmarils. Ungoliant, who greatly thirsted for the Silmarils demanded them from Morgoth, and when he refused to give them to her she attacked Morgoth in order to get them. Weakened by the power that had gone out of him, he let out a great cry which echoed throughout the north of Middle-earth, and there and ever after the echo of his great cry lingered until the end of the Beleriand.
"Ungoliant had grown great, and [Morgoth] less by the power that had gone out of him; and she rose against him...Then Morgoth sent forth a terrible cry, that echoed in the mountains. Therefore that region was called Lammoth, for the echoes of his voice dwelt there ever after, so that any who cried aloud in that land awoke them, all the waste between the hills and the sea was filled with a claumour as of voices in anguish. The cry of Morgoth in that hour was the greatest and most dreadful that was ever heard in the northern world."
The echo of so many voices in Lammoth traveled into North alerting Morgoth to the arrival of the host of Fëanor in Middle-earth, sending and great host against him in Mithrim starting the Dagor-nuin-Giliath.
Other versions of the legendariumEdit
In Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin the name instead refers to the acoustic properties of the location and the natural reverberations they cause. When Fëanor landed there in the First Age, "the voices of his host were swelled to a mighty clamour" by the Echoing Mountains.
- ↑ The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
- ↑ The Complete Guide to Middle-earth