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Mount Gundabad
Background Information
Type Mountain
Location Northern Misty Mountains[1]
Realms Angmar
Capital
Founded/Built Early Years of the Trees
Ruler
Other Information
Summary Mountain where Durin awoke, later became a realm of the Orcs
Other names
Inhabitants Dwarves, Orcs
Spoken Languages Possibly Khuzdul, Orcish
Lifespan Years of the Trees - Third Age

Mount Gundabad was a chief Orc mountain-stronghold situated at the northern end of the Misty Mountains, located south-east of Angmar.

HistoryEdit

DwarvesDurin the Deathless, oldest of the Fathers of the Dwarves, awoke at Mount Gundabad in the north of the Misty Mountains shortly after the Awakening of the Elves in the Years of the Trees. Mount Gundabad then became a sacred place to the Dwarves.[2]

In the middle of the Second Age, however, Orcs (ruled over by the servants of Sauron) invaded the mountains again and took Gundabad. The site would not be cleansed until very late in the Second Age, possibly around or after the fall of Sauron and the loss of the One Ring in SA 3441.[3][4]

Gundabad 1

In the Third Age, the Orcs of Angmar yet again claimed it as their capital, which was one of the reasons for the Dwarves' special hatred of them. After the fall of Angmar, Gundabad remained an Orc stronghold, until it was cleansed of orcs during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. However, hordes of Orcs seem to have trickled back to this hotly contested strongpoint and fortified it anew during the events of The Hobbit, menacing the Wilderland for yet another time. It was from here the gargantuan Goblin-horde present during the Battle of the Five Armies attacked and marched from. Their leader, Bolg son of Azog, was the supreme commander of the Orcs from Gundabad, and presumably the northern Misty Mountains.[5][6]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

In The Hobbit film trilogy, Gundabad plays a key role in the series storyline.

It is portrayed as a tall fortress tower in the middle of a remote mountain range. Hidden cauldrons of fire light up the tower with a dim red glow. The tower is surrounded by sharp angled cliffs.

The fortress is home to Bolg and his father Azog The Defiler, as well as an army of Gundabad Orcs. As eventually revealed in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gundabad is a stronghold with connections to the Angmar kingdom that died out long ago. In the aftermath, Gundabad Orcs like Azog began to take residence in Moria before forging an alliance with Sauron while he assumed his Necromancer guise while in Dol Guldur in a scheme by the latter to revive the Angmar kingdom through Smaug taking the Lonely Mountain. But when Thorin II Oakenshield reclaims the Lonely Mountain, Sauron is forced to send the Orc army he amassed to the Lonely Mountain. On route at the start of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Azog instructs his son Bolg to bring out an additional Orc army from Gundabad itself. Legolas and Tauriel follow Bolg.

They ride north to Gundabad. Once they arrive at the remote fortress they stop, and wait on a ridgeline above the "Red Tower".

For a while the area seems deserted, but without warning, huge bats start to swarm the tower. Legolas realizes grimly, that these bats are bred for war. Suddenly, Bolg appears on a precipice and bellows out a signal. A huge army of Berserker Orcs and Gundabad Orcs swarm out and start to march south, towards The Lonely Mountain.

Tauriel and Legolas witness the army of Gundabad Orcs emerging from the mountain, and they run to warn the armies at Dale. 

Video gamesEdit

Gundabad

Fortress of Gundabad portrayed during The Battle of the Five Armies

  • The video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North was the first to depict Mount Gundabad in any form. Games Workshop's miniature of Bolg gives his full title as "Castellan of Mount Gundabad."
  • The video game Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor was available in steam , check it now !

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Berg Gundabad
Albanian Mali Gundabad
Amharic ተራራ ጙንዳባድ ?
Arabic جبل جونداباد
Armenian Մոունտ Գունդաբադ
Azerbaijani Dağ Gundabad ?
Belarusian Cyrillic гара Гундабад
Bengali মাউন্ট গুণ্ডাবাদ
Bosnian Planina Gundabad
Bulgarian Cyrillic Планината Гундабад
Cambodian ភ្នំ Gundabad ?
Catalan Muntanya Gundabad
Chinese (Hong Kong) 剛達巴山脈
Croatian Planina Gundabad
Corsican Muntagna Gundabad
Czech Pasparta Gundabad
Dari موونت عونداباد
Dutch Berg Gundabad
Esperanto Monto Gundabad
Estonian Mägi Gundabad
Filipino Bundok Gundabad
Finnish Vuori Gundabad
French Mont Gundabad
Galician Monte Gundabad
Georgian მოუნთ ღუნდაბად
German Gundabad Berg
Greek Όρος Γονταβάδ
Gujarati માઉન્ટ ગુન્દાબાદ
Hausa Dutsen Gundabad
Hawaiian Mauna Gundabad
Hebrew הר גונדאבאד
Haiti Creole Mòn Gundabad
Hindi माउंट गुंडबड
Hungarian Gundabad Hegy
Icelandic Fjall Gundabad
Indonesian Bukit Gundabad
Italian Monte Gundabad
Japanese マウント Gundabad ?
Kannada ಮೌಂಟ್ ಗುಂದಬಾದ್
Kazakh Cyrillic бекіткішін Гұндабад
Korean 마운트 Gundabad ?
Kurdish مۆونت عونداباد ?(Arabic script) Çiyayê Gundabad (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic тоосунда Гундабад
Lithuanian Kalnas Gundabad
Latin Montem Gundabad
Latvian Kalnu Gundabad
Luxembourgish Montéierung Gundabad
Macedonian Cyrillic Монт Гундабад
Malay Gunung Gundabad
Maori Maunga Gundabad
Marathi माउंट Gundabad ?
Navajo Dził Gundabad
Nepalese माउन्ट ङुन्दबद
Norwegian Montere Gundabad
Northern Sami Várri Gundabad
Pashto غره عونداباد ?
Persian کوه گونداباد
Polish Góra Gundabad
Portuguese (Brazil) Monte Gundabad
Punjabi ਪਹਾੜ Gundabad ?
Romanian Munte Gundabad
Romansh Muntogna Gundabad
Russian гора Гундабад
Samoan Mauga Gundabad
Sanskrit मोउन्त् ङुन्दबद्
Serbian моунт Гундабад (Cyrillic) Planine Gundabad (Latin)
Sesotho Thabeng Gundabad
Slovak Horu Gundabad
Somali Buur Gundabad
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Monte Gundabad
Sudanese Gunung Gundabad
Swahili Mlima Gundabad
Swedish Montera Gundabad
Tajik Cyrillic Маунт Гундабад
Tamil மவுண்ட் குந்தபத்
Telugu మౌంట్ గుందాబాద్
Turkish Dağ Gundabad
Urdu کوہ گوندآباڈ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ґундабад
Uzbek Моунт Гундабад (Cyrillic) Ko'tarilmoq Gundabad (Latin)
Vietnamese Núi Gundabad
Welsh Fynydd Gundabad
Xhosa Entabeni Gundabad
Yiddish בארג גונדאַבאַד
Zulu Entabeni Gundabad


ReferencesEdit

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The Misty Mountains"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
  3. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  5. The Hobbit, Chapter XVII: "The Clouds Burst"
  6. The Hobbit, Chapter XVIII: "The Return Journey"

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