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A mountain castle of Middle-earth, by Losse elda

There were many fortresses, castles, and strongholds in Arda, such as Minas Tirith, Helm's Deep, IsengardMinas Morgul, and Barad-dûr. All were strong buildings most of which were built for defensive purposes. They were usually made of stone, and archers could shoot safely from behind the walls.

List of fortresses of Arda

Of Men at the end of the Third Age

Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor, as seen in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Fortresses/strongholds of Elves

Caras Galadhon

Fortresses/strongholds of Dwarves

Fortresses/strongholds of Evil

Barad-dûr as depicted in The Lord of the Rings films

Minas Morgul, a fortress of Mordor

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