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Mount doom
Mount Doom
Background Information
Type Volcano
Location Northwestern Mordor
Realms Mordor
Capital
Founded/Built Came to existence after the draining of the Sea of Helcar and the creation of Mordor.
Ruler Sauron
Other Information
Summary Known for being the place where the One Ring was forged and where it was destroyed.
Other names Orodruin, Amon Amarth
Inhabitants none
Spoken Languages Black Speech[1]
Lifespan Second Age ? - TA 3019

Mount Doom, also known as Orodruin and Amon Amarth, was a volcano in Mordor where the One Ring was forged, and finally destroyed. 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.[2]

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".[2][3][4]

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.[5]

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.[5]

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").[6][7]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Peter Jackson's 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.[citation needed]

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.

Real-lifeEdit

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.

In the real world, Mount Doom corresponds to Mount Etna in Sicily.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Berg Straf
Albanian Mali Dënim
Amharic ተራራ ቅጣት
Arabic جبل الهلاك
Armenian Ճակատագրական լեռ
Azerbaijani Dağ əcəl
Basque Mendiaren Infernura
Bengali মাউন্ট নিয়তি
Bosnian Planina Propasti
Cambodian សេចក្ដីវិនាសភ្នំ
Catalan Condemnació de Muntatge
Chichewa Phiri Chilango
Chinese (Hong Kong) 末日火山
Corsican Muntagna Andantino
Croatian Planina Usuda
Czech Hora Osudu
Danish Dommedagsbjerget
Dutch Doemberg
Esperanto Monto Fatalo
Estonian Mägi Hukatus
Filipino Bundok ng Lagim
Finnish Tuomiovuori
French Montagne du Destin
Galician Monte do Destino
German Schicksalsberg
Greek Χαμός στο βουνό ?
Gujarati માઉન્ટ ડૂમ
Haiti Creole Mòn Fayit
Hebrew אבדון הר
Hindi माउंट कयामत
Hungarian A Végzet Hegye
Icelandic Dómsdyngju
Indonesian Gunung Azab
Italian Monte Fato
Japanese 滅びの山
Javanese Gunung Siksa
Kannada ಮೌಂಟ್ ಡೂಂ
Korean 마운트 운명
Kurdish مۆونت دۆۆم (Arabic script) Çiya ? (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic тоосунан түштү
Latvian Kalns Liktenis
Lithuanian Pražūties Ugnikalnis
Luxembourgish Montéierung
Macedonian Cyrillic планината Дум
Malagasy Tendrombohitra Loza
Malayalam ശിക്ഷ മൌണ്ട്
Maltese Impunjazzjoni ?
Malay Gunung Azab
Mongolian Cyrillic холбох мөхөл
Nepalese माउन्ट डुम
Navajo ? Dził
Norwegian Dommedagsberg
Pashto غره عذاب
Persian کوه نابودی
Polish Góra Przeznaczenia
Portuguese (Brazil) Montanha da Perdição
Portuguese (Portugal) Monte da Condenação or Montanha de Fogo
Punjabi ਪਹਾੜ ਤਬਾਹੀ
Romanian Muntele Osândei
Romansh Destin Muntogna ?
Russian Роковая Гора
Serbian Планина Пропасти (Cyrillic) Planina Propasti (Latinised)
Sindhi عذاب ٿي ويھو
Slovak Hora Osudu
Slovenian Gora Obsodba
Somali Buur Cadaab
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Monte del Destino
Swahili Adhabu ya Mlima
Swedish Domedagsberget
Tajik Cyrillic азоби кӯҳи
Telugu మౌంట్ డూమ్
Thai ภูมฤตยู
Turkish Hüküm Dağı
Turkmen Mün ?
Ukrainian Cyrillic фатальна Гора
Urdu ماؤنٹ عذاب
Uzbek Моунт Доом (Cyrillic) Tog'i doom ? (Latin)
Vietnamese Gắn diệt vong
Yiddish באַרג פאַרמישפּעטן
Yucatec Maya K'aax u le destino
Zazaki Koyê Hukımi

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. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Thematic Maps, "Languages"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Mount Doom"
  3. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  4. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (i): "Númenor"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter III: "Mount Doom"
  6. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings, Mordor

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