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Mount Gundabad was a chief Orc mountain-stronghold situated at the northern end of the Misty Mountains, located to the east of the ancient realm of Angmar.


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.[1]

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.[2]

Gundabad 1.jpg

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.[3][4]

It is possible that the Longbeards may have reclaimed their ancient ancestral homeland from the orcs due to the reclaiming of Khazad-dûm and the Reunited Kingdom in the Fourth Age.

Portrayal in adaptations

Mount Gundabad as depicted in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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.

Gundabad was once the stronghold of Angmar, the Witch-king's domain

Azog joined Sauron to revive Angmar

Sauron, as the Necromancer, planned on reviving Angmar

Sauron planned on conquering Erebor to restore Angmar

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.

Fortress of Gundabad as depicted in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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.

The Gundabad Orc army marching

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. 

Video games

Gundabad in The Lord of the Rings Online


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Berg Gundabad
Albanian Mali Gundabad
Amharic ጎንዳባድ ተራራ
Arabic جبل جونداباد
Armenian Գունդաբադ լեռ
Azerbaijani Gundabad dağı
Basque Gundabad mendia
Belarusian Cyrillic гара Гундабад
Bengali গুণ্ডাবাদ পর্বত
Bosnian Brdo Gundabad
Breton Menez Gundabad
Bulgarian Cyrillic планина Гундабад
Catalan Mont Gundabad
Cheyenne Vose Gundabad
Chinese (Hong Kong) 剛達巴山脈
Croatian Brdo Gundabad
Corsican Muntagna Gundabad
Czech Hora Gundabad
Danish Gundabad Bjerget
Dutch Gundabadberg
Esperanto Monto Gundabad
Estonian Gundabadi mägi
Filipino Bundok Gundabad
Finnish Gundabadin vuori
French Mont Gundabad
Galician Monte Gundabad
Georgian გუნდაბადის პიკი
German Berg Gundabad
Greek Όρος Γκούνταμπαντ
Gujarati માઉન્ટ ગોંડબાદ
Hausa Dutsen Gundabad
Hawaiian Mauna Gundabad
Hebrew ג'בל גונדאבאד
Haitian Creole Mòn Gundabad
Hindi गुंडबड पर्वत; Gundabad Parvat (Latin)
Hungarian Gundabad-hegy
Icelandic Fjall Gundabad
Iloko Bantay Gundabad
Indonesian Gunung Gundabad
Irish Gaelic Sliabh Gundabad
Italian Monte Gundabad
Japanese グンダバード山
Javanese Gunung Gundabad
Kannada ಗುಂದಬಾದ್ ಪರ್ವತ; Gundabad Parvata (Latin)
Kazakh Тауына Гұндабад (Cyrillic) Tawına Gundabad (Latin)
Korean 군다바드 산
Kurdish Çiyayê Gundabad (Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic тоосунда Гундабад
Latin Mons Gundabad
Latvian Gundabad smaile
Lithuanian Gundabad viršukalnė
Luxembourgish Montéierung Gundabad
Macedonian Cyrillic Гундабад Гора
Malayalam ഗുണ്ടബാദ് മല
Malaysian Gunung Gundabad
Maori Maunga Gundabad
Marathi गुंडबाडचा डोंगर
Mongolian Cyrillic Монт Гундабад
Nāhuatl Tepētl Gundabad
Navajo Dził Gundabad
Nepalese माउन्ट ङुन्दबद
Norwegian Gundabadfjellet
Northern Sami Várri Gundabad
Occitan Mont Gundabad
Old English Gundabad Beorg
Pashto غر عونداباد
Persian کوه گونداباد
Polish Góra Gundabad
Portuguese (Brazil) Monte Gundabad
Punjabi ਪਹਾੜ ਗੁਨ੍ਦਬਦ
Romanian Muntele Gundabad
Romansh Muntogna Gundabad
Russian гора Гундабад
Samoan Mauga Gundabad
Sanskrit गुंडबड पर्वत; Gundabad Parvat (Latin)
Scottish Gaelic Beinn Gundabad
Serbian Гундабад гора (Cyrillic) Gundabad gora (Latin)
Sesotho Thabeng Gundabad
Sindhi مائونٽ گند آباد
Sinhalese ගුන්තබාද් කන්ද
Slovak Hora Gundabad
Slovenian Gora Gundabad
Somalian Buurta Gundabad
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Monte Gundabad
Sundanese Gunung Gundabad
Swahili Mlima Gundabad
Swedish Gundabadberget
Tagalog Bundok ng Gundabad
Tajik Cyrillic Маунт Гундабад
Tamil குண்டபடி மலை
Telugu గుందాబాద్ పర్వతం
Turkish Gundabad Dağı
Turkmen Gundabad Dagy
Urdu کوہ گوندآباڈ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Гора Ґундабад
Uzbek Гундабад чўққиси (Cyrillic) Gundabad choʻqqisi (Latin)
Vietnamese Núi Gundabad
Welsh Mynydd Gundabad
Xhosa Entabeni Gundabad
Yiddish מעמד הר גונדאַבאַד
Yoruba Òkè Gundabad
Zazaki Gundabad Koyê
Zulu Entabeni Gundabad
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


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Part XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter X: "Of Dwarves and Men"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter XVII: "The Clouds Burst"
  4. The Hobbit, Chapter XVIII: "The Return Journey"