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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

Fortresses/Strongholds of Men at the end of the Third Age

Minas Tirith, the chief fortress and capital of Gondor

Fortresses/Strongholds of Elves

Caras Galadhon

Fortresses/Strongholds of Dwarves

Fortresses/Strongholds of Evil


  • Barad-dûr (capital of Mordor and seat of Sauron)
  • Dol Guldur (temporary seat of Sauron's power as the Necromancer)

Minas Morgul, a fortress of Mordor