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The Front Gate was a common term for the Gate of Erebor, the wide arched main entrance of the Dwarf-realm of Erebor. The great Chamber of Thrór was near the Gate.

The entrance was at the head of the valley formed by the two southern ridges of rock thrust out from the southern slopes of Lonely Mountain.[1] Out of the gateway sprang the stream that grew into the River Running.[2]

Through the gate passed a stone-paved road, wide enough for many men abreast. The gate itself was a tall arch and at one time displayed carven work, but during Smaug's residence in the mountain the opening had become worn, splintered, and blackened. From the gate one could look out upon Dale (or its ruins during the time of the Dragon).[2]

History

Inside Erebor gate

Inside of the Front Gate shortly before Smaug's arrival

In the year TA 2770, Smaug descended upon the Lonely Mountain and entered the Mountain via the Front Gate, which unfortunately was wide enough to accommodate him.[3] Over time Smaug had broken and blocked all of the other gates to the Mountain (except for the secret Back Door), leaving only the Front Gate for his use.[4]

In TA 2941, Smaug was slain by Bard of Lake-town.[3] Thorin and company, having entered the Mountain through the Back Door, came out the Front Gate not knowing the fate of the dragon. When the dwarves learned of Smaug's death they returned to the Mountain and built a high thick wall of squared stones across the gate.[4] This barrier allowed them to hold off the forces of the Woodland Realm and the Lake-Men while Thorin awaited the coming of Dáin II Ironfoot. However, hard upon Dáin's arrival the Goblins of Bolg also appeared and the Battle of Five Armies began. In the middle of the battle Thorin and his companion dwarves levered the wall at the Front Gate to fall outwards and they then rushed into the battle.[5] After the battle was over it was at the Front Gate that Bilbo Baggins took his leave of the surviving dwarves before heading home.[6]

Dáin was less fortunate: he fell in battle during the War of the Ring at the threshold of the Gate, defending the body of the fallen King Brand of Dale, but it protected his people in the short and unsuccessful siege that followed.[7]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Voorste hek
Albanian Porta e përparme
Amharic የፊት በር
Arabic البوابة الأمامية
Armenian Առջեւի դարպասը
Azerbaijani Ön qapılar
Belarusian Cyrillic Пярэднія вароты
Bengali সামনের দরজা
Bosnian Prednja vrata
Bulgarian Cyrillic Предна врата
Cambodian ច្រកខាងមុខ
Catalan Porta davantera
Cebuano Atubangan nga ganghaan
Chinese 前门
Cornish Yet A-rag
Croatian Prednja vrata
Czech Hlavní vchod
Danish Forresteport
Dutch Voorstepoort
Esperanto Antaŭa pordego
Estonian Eesmine värav
Faroese Forsíðaportur
Fijian E liu na matamata
Finnish Pääportti
French Porte d'entrée
Galician Porta da fronte
Georgian წინა კარიბჭე
German Eingangstor
Greek Μπροστινή Πύλη
Gujarati આગળનો દરવાજો
Haitian Creole Devan pòtay
Hausa Gaban ƙofar
Hebrew שער קדמי
Hindi फ्रंट गेट
Hmong Pem hauv ntej rooj vag
Hungarian Bejárati kapu
Icelandic Framhliðið
Indonesian Pintu depan
Irish Gaelic Geata Tosaigh
Japanese フロントゲート
Kannada ಮುಂಭಾಗದ ಗೇಟ್
Kazakh Алғы қақпа (Cyrillic) Alğı qaqpa (Latin)
Korean 정문
Kurdish Deriyê pêşiyê (Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Алдыңкы дарбаза
Laotian ປະຕູທາງຫນ້າ
Latin Ante Portam
Latvian Priekšējie vartų
Lithuanian Priekiniai vartai
Luxembourgish Virportal
Macedonian Cyrillic Предна порта
Malagasy Varavarana Fidirana
Malayalam ഫ്രണ്ട് ഗേറ്റ്
Malaysian Pintu hadapan
Maltese Bieb ta 'quddiem
Manx Giat Toshee
Maori Ko te kuwaha mua
Marathi समोर गेट
Mongolian Cyrillic Урд хаалга
Nepalese अगाडिको फाटक
Norwegian Hovedinngang
Old English Foran Dor
Pashto مخکې دروازه
Persian درب جلویی
Portuguese Portão da frente
Punjabi ਫਰੰਟ ਗੇਟ
Romanian Poarta din fata
Russian Передние ворота
Serbian Предњи улаз (Cyrillic) Prednji ulaz (Latin)
Sindhi سامهون واري دروازي
Sinhalese ඉදිරිපස ගේට්ටුව
Slovak Hlavný vchod
Slovenian Sprednja vrata
Somalian Albaabka hore
Spanish Puerta de delantera
Sundanese Gerbang hareup
Swahili Mlango wa mbele
Swedish Främreport
Tajik Cyrillic Дарвоза пеш
Tamil முன் வாயில்
Telugu ఫ్రంట్ గేట్
Thai ประตูหน้า
Turkish Ön kapı
Ukrainian Cyrillic фронту ворота
Urdu فرنٹ گیٹ
Uzbek Олдинги эшик (Cyrillic) Oldingi eshik (Latin)
Vietnamese Cổng trước
Welsh Giât flaen
Yiddish פאָרנט טויער
Yucatec Maya Joolnajo' delantera

References

  1. The Hobbit, "Thrór's Map"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Hobbit, Chapter XIII: "Not At Home"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years, "The Third Age"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Hobbit, Chapter XV: "The Gathering of the Clouds"
  5. The Hobbit, Chapter XVII: "The Clouds Burst"
  6. The Hobbit, Chapter XVIII: "The Return Journey"
  7. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years, "The Great Years"
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