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Mount Doom
Background Information
Type Volcano
Location Northwestern Mordor
Realms Gorgoroth
Capital
Founded/Built
Ruler Sauron
Other Information
Summary One Ring was forged here.
Other names Orodruin, Amon Amarth
Inhabitants
Spoken Languages Black Speech
Lifespan


Mount Doom, also known as Orodruin and Amon Amarth, was a volcano in Mordor where the One Ring was forged. It was the ultimate destination for Frodo's Quest of the Ring.

DescriptionEdit

Location of Mount Doom

Location of Mount Doom marked in red.

Mount Doom was located in the Plateau of Gorgoroth in northwestern Mordor. It was connected to Barad-dûr through the steaming fissures of Sauron's Road. It stood about 4,500 feet with its base about 3,000 feet tall.[1]

HistoryEdit

During the Second Age, Sauron chose the land of Mordor as his dwelling-place. He used the fire that welled there from the heart of the earth in his sorceries and his forging. Around SA 1600, Sauron forged the One Ring in the depths of Sammath Naur, which was built within Mount Doom itself. On SA 3429, Mount Doom erupted, signalling Sauron's attack on Gondor, where it earned its name "Amon Amarth".[1][2][3]

After the War of the Last Alliance and Sauron's disappearance, it seemed to be dormant and only sprung into life when the One Ring was rediscovered.

On TA 3019, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee trekked the slopes of Mount Doom and entered Sammarth Naur.[4]

With the destruction of the Ring, Mount Doom had a massive eruption, sending massive lava flows down its sides and scattering the area with volcanic debris. The fiery eruption destroyed the Nazgûl and their mounts as they tried to reach Frodo on their Fell Beasts to reclaim the Ring.[4]

EtymologyEdit

Orodruin was the common Sindarin name for Mount Doom. It means "Fire Mountain", from orod ("mountain") and ruin ("burning, fiery red"). However, the literal Sindarin translation for Mount Doom is Amon Amarth, from amon ("hill, mountain") and amarth ("doom, fate").[5][6]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

Ngauruhoe-Doom

Mount Ngauruhoe

In Peter Jackson's trilogy of movies, the New Zealand volcano Mount Ngauruhoe was used as Mount Doom in some scenes. In long shots, the mountain is either a large model or a CGI effect, or a combination. Filming the summit of Ngauruhoe itself was not permitted because it is sacred to the Māori of the region. However, some scenes on the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on the actual slopes of Mount Ruapehu.

On November 22, 2012, it was incorrectly reported by media outside New Zealand that "Mount Doom" Ngauruhoe had erupted. The reported eruption was actually from nearby Mount Tongariro, not Mount Ngauruhoe.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Montanha da Perdição
Portuguese (Portugal) Monte da Condenação or Montanha de Fogo
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Monte del Destino
Italian Monte Fato
French Montagne du Destin
German Schicksalsberg
Swedish Domedagsberget
Hungarian A Végzet Hegye
Chinese (Hong Kong) 末日火山
Dutch Doemberg
Polish Góra Przeznaczenia
Russian Ородруин
Finnish Tuomiovuori

Real-life NamesakesEdit

The International Astronomical Union names all mountains on Saturn's moon Titan after mountains in Tolkien's work. In 2012, they named a Titanian mountain "Doom Mons" after Mount Doom.

GalleryEdit

Mount Doom
Map of Mount Doom, as seen in The Atlas of Middle-earth
Mordor's DuoSpire
Mount Doom stands beside the Barad-dûr
Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:

Provinces/Regions:

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

City/Fortifications:

Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Helm's Deep | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno

Miscellaneous:

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Mount Doom"
  2. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (i): "Númenor"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter III: "Mount Doom"
  5. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings, Mordor

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