Melkor chained

Melkor chained in the Halls of Mandos

Angainor was the chain used to contain Melkor in the Halls of Mandos.


Angainor was constructed by the Vala Aulë and held Melkor for three ages. After this time, Melkor was judged and released by the Valar, as they thought that he had been changed. However, Melkor went back to Middle-earth and continued his evil ways under the name Morgoth. After his defeat in the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age, Morgoth (as he was now known) was found cowering in the lowest dungeon of his fortress Angband. He attempted to negotiate for pardon, but was again bound by Angainor, and his iron crown was made into a collar.[1]

The two Silmarils that had been taken by Morgoth for his crown were retaken by Eönwë. Disgusted with Morgoth, the Valar thrust him through the Door of Night beyond the Walls of the World, into the Timeless Void. There he was meant to remain, imprisoned, until the Dagor Dagorath, the final judgment of the world.[2]


Angainor is a Quenyan word in which, anga means "iron".[3][4]

Earlier versions of the legendarium

In J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier tales, the chain was first named Angaino, the "Oppressor", which was coupled with Vorotemnar, its manacles, and Ilterindi, the fetters.[5]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓንጋኢኖር
Arabic أنجاينور
Armenian Անգաինոր
Belarusian Cyrillic Ангаінор
Bengali আঙ্গিনার
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ангаинор
Chinese (Hong Kong) 安蓋諾爾
Georgian ანგაინორი
Greek Ανγαινορ
Hebrew אנגאינור
Hindi अंगाईनोर
Kannada ಆಂಜಿನೋರ್
Kazakh Ангаінор (Cyrillic) Angainor (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Ангаинор
Macedonian Cyrillic Ангаинор
Marathi अंगिरोर
Mongolian Cyrillic Ангаинор
Nepalese आङ्ऐनोर ?
Pashto آنګاینور ?
Persian انگاینور
Russian Ангаинор
Sanskrit आङ्ऐनोर्
Serbian Ангаинор (Cyrillic) Angainor (Latin)
Sinhalese ඇන්ජයිනර්
Tajik Cyrillic Ангаинор
Tamil ங்கைநோர் ?
Telugu అంగైనార్
Thai ะงัินโร ?
Urdu انگیناور
Ukrainian Cyrillic Анґаінором
Uzbek Ангаинор (Cyrillic) Angainor (Latin)
Yiddish אַנגאַינאָר


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  3. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  4. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter IV: "The Chaining of Melko"
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