The Orocarni also known as Red Mountains was a mountain range in the far east of Middle-earth beyond Rhûn.


The Orocarni roughly followed the line of the Red Mountains, which had been made by the Valar before Arda was marred and the symmetry was lost in the wars against Melkor. On the western slopes of the Orocarni grew the Wild Wood, near a great waterfall of a river that flowed into the Inland Sea of Helcar where the bay of Cuiviénen lay, where the Elves woke. At their northern edge the Orocarni connected with the Iron Mountains resembling the Blue Mountains in the far west. One of the rivers that arose in the Orocarni flowed into the inland Sea of Rhûn.[1]


Four of the seven Fathers of the Dwarves awoke in the range. After the end of the First Age the Orocarni remained, and ran through the center of the land of Rhûn. In the Second and Third Ages, they were home to the Dwarven clans of the Ironfists, Blacklocks, Stonefoots, and Stiffbeards. The Ironfists and Stiffbeards lived in the T-shaped northern half while the Blacklocks and Stonefoots lived in the backwards-C-shaped southern half. It is not explained by Tolkien who lives in the far-north, center-north, center-south, or far-south quarters. However, the most probable theory is that the Stiffbeards lived in the far-northern Orocarni, the Ironfists lived in the center-northern Orocarni, the Stonefoots lived in the center-southern Orocarni, and the Blacklocks lived in the far-southern Orocarni.[citation needed]

During his travels in Middle-earth, Oromë stood under the shadow of the Orocarni and from there he first heard the singing of the Elves in Cuiviénen thus finding the Firstborn of Eru Ilúvatar for the first time.[2]

Concerning Elven folk, the Dark Elves lived in the forests bordering these mountains, and likely had similar capital cities to the one of Lothlórien and the one of Mirkwood, and similar architecture, as well.

Because the Orocarni were far to the east, they were not visited by the Eldar, and the Edain did not reach them until the Fourth Age. The Orocarni do not appear in any of the tales of the Red Book of Westmarch. However, it is known that the mountains were extremely rich with every kind of mineral, bursting at the seams with them.[citation needed]


The Eastern Dwarfs is a book series about the four dwarf houses in the far east of Middle Earth.

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዖሮቻርኒ
Arabic أوروكارني
Armenian Որոծարնի
Belarusian Cyrillic Ороцарні
Bengali ওরচার্নি
Bulgarian Cyrillic Орокарни
Chinese (Hong Kong) 紅山脈
Dari وروچارنی
Dutch De Orocarni
Georgian ოროჩარნი
Greek Οροκάρνι
Gujarati ઓરોકરની
Hebrew ורושארני
Hindi ओरोकारनि
Hungarian Vörös-hegység
Japanese おろかrに ?
Kannada ಮೊರೊಕರ್ಣಿ ?
Kazakh Cyrillic Ороцарні
Korean 오로가르니
Kurdish ۆرۆچارنی (Arabic script) Oroçarinî (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Ороцарни
Macedonian Cyrillic Ороцарни
Marathi ओरोकारनि
Mongolian Cyrillic Ороцарни
Nepalese ॐरोचर्नि
Pashto وروچارنی ?
Persian اوروکارنی
Russian Орокарни
Sanskrit ॐरोचर्नि
Serbian Ороцарни (Cyrillic) Orocarni (Latin)
Sinhalese ඕරොචර්නි
Tajik Cyrillic Орочарни
Tamil ஓரோல்கர்னி
Telugu ఓరొకర్ని
Tibetan ཽརོཅརྣི
Tigrinya ዖሮቻርኒ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ороцарні
Urdu اروکارنا ?
Uyghur وروچارنى
Uzbek Орочарни (Cyrillic) Orocharni (Latin)
Yiddish אָראָקאַרני

Mountain Ranges of Arda

Ash Mountains | Echoriath | Ephel Dúath | Ered Gorgoroth | Blue Mountains | Ered Lómin | Grey Mountains | Ered Wethrin | Iron Hills | Iron Mountains | Misty Mountains | Mountains of Angmar | Mountains of Mirkwood | Mountains of Mithrim | Orocarni | Pelóri | Wall of the Sun | White Mountains | Yellow Mountains

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


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Introduction"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"

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