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Nogrod
Background Information
Type Dwarven underground city/Realm
Location Southeast of Mount Dolmed in the ancient Blue Mountains[1]
Realms
Capital
Founded/Built YT ?
Ruler Lord of Nogrod
Other Information
Summary Dwelling of the Dwarves of Nogrod until the end of the First Age
Other names Tumunzahar, Novrod
Inhabitants Firebeards[2]
Spoken Languages Khuzdul
Lifespan YT - FA 587


Nogrod was one of two Dwarven cities in the Blue Mountains. Nogrod lay in the middle of the mountain range, near Mount Dolmed where the Dwarf-Road of Beleriand crossed into Eriador.[1]

Nogrod was home to the great Dwarven smiths Gamil Zirak and Telchar.[3]

HistoryEdit

The realm of Nogrod was delved and founded not long after the awakening of the Dwarves and was home to the Dwarven House known as the Firebeards.[2] They soon met the Elves of Beleriand and established a trading relationship with them. For many centuries, the trade relations grew strong and the Dwarves of Nogrod were employed by Thingol, the King of Doriath and helped in the delving of the caves of Menegroth, and creation of treasuries and weapons. The dwarves trafficked to and from the Beleriand and their sister city of Belegost on a long road that ran from Belegost to Nogrod into the Beleriand, and finally to Menegroth.[4]

Eöl, the Dark Elf often went there, as did his son Maeglin. While initially friendly to the Elves of Beleriand, the Dwarves of Nogrod killed Thingol of Doriath in his treasury after having crafted the treasure of Nauglamir for him, and they returned to sack the city after the departure of Melian and her protective Girdle of Melian.[5]

On their way back from their sacking of the ancient Elven realm, they were hunted down by Beren Erchamion and killed by his army of Laiquendi and a group of Ents. Despite that utter defeat, the city apparently survived the rest of the First Age.[6] Along with Belegost to the south, Nogrod was utterly destroyed during the War of Wrath, when the Blue Mountains were broken and the Gulf of Lune flowed into Eriador.[7][8]

EtymologyEdit

Nogrod was a Sindarin word that meant 'hollowbold'. Its name in Khuzdul was Tumunzahar, a name of unknown meaning.[9]

Dwarven Realms of Middle-earth throughout the Ages
Years of the Trees & First Age Bar-en-Nibin-Noeg | Belegost | Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad | Nogrod | Nulukkizdîn | Orocarni
Second Age Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad
Third Age Grey Mountains | Iron Hills | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain | Northern Blue Mountains
Fourth Age Glittering Caves | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion (inside cover), "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, X: "Of Dwarves and Men"
  3. Unfinished Tales: Narn i Chîn Húrin, "The Departure of Túrin"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter X: "Of the Sindar"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVI: "Of Maeglin"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  7. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  8. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Introduction"
  9. The Silmarillion, Index of Names

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