Dwarves, including Durin the Deathless, oldest of the Fathers of the Dwarves, awoke at Mount Gundabad in the north of the Misty Mountains shortly after the Awakening of the Elves in the Years of the Trees. Mount Gundabad then became a sacred place to the Dwarves.
In the middle of the Second Age, however, Orcs (ruled over by the servants of Sauron) invaded the mountains again and took Gundabad. The site would not be cleansed until very late in the Second Age, possibly around or after the fall of Sauron and the loss of the One Ring.
In the Third Age, the Orcs of Angmar yet again claimed it as their capital, which was one of the reasons for the Dwarves' special hatred of them. After the fall of Angmar, Gundabad remained an Orc stronghold, until it was cleansed of orcs during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. However, hordes of Orcs seem to have trickled back to this hotly contested strongpoint and fortified it anew during the events of The Hobbit, menacing the Wilderland for yet another time. It was from here the great Goblin-horde present at the Battle of Five Armies attacked and marched from. Their leader, Bolg son of Azog, was the supreme commander of the Orcs from Gundabad, and presumably the northern Misty Mountains.
Portrayal in adaptations
The Hobbit film trilogy
In The Hobbit film trilogy, Gundabad plays a key role in the series storyline. It is portrayed as a tall fortress tower in the middle of a remote mountain range. Hidden cauldrons of fire light up the tower with a dim red glow. The tower is surrounded by sharp angled cliffs.
The fortress is home to Bolg and his father Azog The Defiler, as well as an army of Gundabad Orcs. As eventually revealed in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gundabad is a stronghold with connections to the Angmar kingdom that died out long ago. In the aftermath, Gundabad Orcs like Azog began to take residence in Moria before forging an alliance with Sauron, in his Necromancer guise at Dol Guldur, in an attempt to revive Angmar through Smaug taking the Lonely Mountain. But when Thorin II Oakenshield reclaims the Lonely Mountain, Sauron is forced to send the Orc army he amassed to the Lonely Mountain. On route at the start of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Azog instructs his son Bolg to bring out an additional Orc army from Gundabad itself.
Legolas and Tauriel follow Bolg north to Gundabad. Once they arrive at the remote fortress they stop, and wait on a ridgeline above the "Red Tower". During their wait Legolas reveals that his mother died at Gundabad during the war.
For a while the area seems deserted, but without warning, huge bats start to swarm the tower. Legolas realizes that these bats are bred for war. Suddenly, Bolg appears on a precipice and bellows out a signal. A huge army of Orcs swarm out and start to march south, towards the Lonely Mountain.
Tauriel and Legolas witness the army of Gundabad Orcs emerging from the mountain, and they rush to warn the armies at Dale.
- The video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North was the first to depict Mount Gundabad in any form.
- Games Workshop's miniature of Bolg gives his full title as "Castellan of Mount Gundabad."
- In The Lord of the Rings Online Gundabad is part of an upcoming 2021 expansion.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||гара Гундабад|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||планина Гундабад|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||剛達巴山脈|
|Haitian Creole||Mòn Gundabad|
|Hindi||गुंडबड पर्वत; Gundabad Parvat (Latin)|
|Irish Gaelic||Sliabh Gundabad|
|Kannada||ಗುಂದಬಾದ್ ಪರ್ವತ; Gundabad Parvata (Latin)|
|Kazakh||Тауына Гұндабад (Cyrillic) Tawına Gundabad (Latin)|
|Kurdish||Çiyayê Gundabad (Kurmanji)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||тоосунда Гундабад|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Гундабад Гора|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Монт Гундабад|
|Northern Sami||Várri Gundabad|
|Old English||Gundabad Beorg|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Monte Gundabad|
|Sanskrit||गुंडबड पर्वत; Gundabad Parvat (Latin)|
|Scottish Gaelic||Beinn Gundabad|
|Serbian||Гундабад гора (Cyrillic) Gundabad gora (Latin)|
|Sindhi||مائونٽ گند آباد|
|Spanish (Spain and Latin America)||Monte Gundabad|
|Tagalog||Bundok ng Gundabad|
|Tajik Cyrillic||Маунт Гундабад|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Гора Ґундабад|
|Uzbek||Гундабад чўққиси (Cyrillic) Gundabad choʻqqisi (Latin)|
|Yiddish||מעמד הר גונדאַבאַד|
|Dwarven Realms of Middle-earth throughout the Ages|
|Years of the Trees:||Amon Rûdh | Belegost | Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad | Nogrod | Nulukkizdîn | Blue Mountains|
|First Age:||Amon Rûdh | Belegost | Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad | Nogrod | Nulukkizdîn | Iron Hills | Blue Mountains|
|Second Age:||Khazad-dûm | Belegost | Nogrod | Mount Gundabad | Blue Mountains | Iron Hills|
|Third Age:||Grey Mountains | Iron Hills | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain | Blue Mountains | Dunland|
|Fourth Age:||Glittering Caves | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain | Blue Mountains | Grey Mountains | Iron Hills|