The Lord of the Rings War in the North - Men of Carn Dûm

The Men of Carn Dûm, shown in the game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

The Men of Carn Dûm were the dark men of Angmar who had served the Witch-king of Angmar long ago. Carn Dûm was the fortress of Angmar.


Conquest of Arnor

Many years ago, the Kingdom of Arnor in the north had split into three different realms. The first was Cardolan, which bordered along the Barrow-downs. Rhudaur was the second realm, which lay just below Angmar. Finally, Arthedain was the greatest realm which held the great kingdom of the Dúnedain, also its capital city Fornost.

The Witch-king and the Men of Carn Dûm intended to conquer the three realms by destroying all Dúnedain men and their cities. Rhudaur was the first to fall, and Cardolan was the second. Finally, the Men of Carn Dûm attacked the realm of Arthedain and the city Fornost. They succeeded.

The surviving Men of Arnor formed an alliance with the elves that destroyed the Men of Carn Dûm and their kingdom of Angmar. Since then, the Witch-king had abandoned his realm, and retreated south to dwell in his new stronghold Minas Morgul.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Despite their supposed destruction, in the video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North the Men of Carn Dûm were not all slain. Those who survived returned to fight for Sauron under his deadliest servant Agandaûr during the War of the Ring. They are first seen standing on either side of Agandaûr at Sarn Ford after the Nazgûl have pillaged it.

They are seen more often after Agandaûr meets and tries to convince the dragon, Úrgost of the Grey Mountains to serve him. Agandaûr leaves the Men of Carn Dûm behind at the dragon's lair to stand watch and await the dragon's answer. They soon take part in Agandaûr's attack on Nordinbad, in which they fail due to Eradan, Farin, and Andriel intervening.

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The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Carn Dûm Swordmaster Concept Art.

After their failed attack on Nordinbad, they battle the trio who have come to destroy Agandaûr at their ironclad Fortress of Carn Dûm itself. When Agandaûr is destroyed at the same time as Sauron's destruction, the Men of Carn Dûm are scattered. Those who still lived may have fled the stronghold, or were picked off by the dragon Úrgost who - sensing Sauron's destruction - claimed it for himself.[1]


The Men of Carn Dûm have the appearance of a barbarian. Their beards are long and bushy, they're very muscular, and have very savage fighting styles. Their helmets have horns on them; they wear wooly armor, and wield large weaponry such as hammers, maces or axes.


  1. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
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