Nargothrond (Sindarin IPA: [narˈɡoθrond]) was an Elven underground fortress and city built by Finrod Felagund, delved into the banks of the river Narog in Beleriand during the First Age.

Description Edit

Similar to the structures of many underground Dwarven cities, Nargothrond consisted of many miles of caves and tunnels of various shapes and sizes carved through the rock, which was possibly limestone. There were three Great Halls centered around the other tunnels and caves, where the King of the city no doubt sat. The deepest of the caves was the Innermost Chamber where Glaurung later hoarded up the remaining treasures of Nargothrond and sat upon them until he left. Lúthien lived in a southwestern cave chamber during her stay there. The realms armouries were in several chambers south of the Great Halls. The main entrance through the Doors of Felagund to Nargothrond facing river Narog one came into a large chamber, which was about five-hundred feet from the Great Halls of Felagund.[3]

History Edit

Years of Peace Edit

Inspired by Menegroth in Doriath, and seeking a hidden place from which to be safe from the forces of Morgoth, Finrod established Nargothrond in the early years following the return of the Ñoldor to Middle-earth, in the Caverns of Narog beneath the forested hills of Taur-en-Faroth on the western bank of Narog. He was aided by the Dwarves of Nogrod who also made for him the Nauglamír, the Necklace of the Dwarves.

However, Finrod was not the first to delve in those caves: it had first been inhabited by the Petty-dwarves, who called it Nulukkizdîn (Khuzdul IPA: [nulukːizdiːn]) before they were driven out. Originally, a narrow path along the banks of the river could only reach it, but later a bridge was built across the Narog.

Finrod ruled Nargothrond until he joined Beren in his Quest for the Silmaril, being succeeded by his nephew Orodreth. However, the Sons of Fëanor, Celegorm and Curufin lived in Nargothrond at this time and carried a great influence with its people, sowing fear and distrust of outsiders. After Finrod's death was reported they were exiled in disgrace.

Fall of Nargothrond Edit

The Fall Of Nargothrond by WF74

Túrin and Glaurung, by woutart [4]

Since its foundation by Finrod, the Elves of Nargothrond had pursued a secretive war against Morgoth, hunting his forces by stealth and ambush rather than going to open war. When Túrin was led there by Gwindor, however, he grew high in the esteem of Orodreth, King of Nargothrond, and counseled a different strategy.

Túrin Turambar became one of the chief captains, persuading the people to abandon their long standing policy and instead fight openly against Morgoth.

Túrin persuaded Orodreth to build the Bridge of Nargothrond to allow speedy passage of forces into the field. Orodreth built the bridge from his doors across the Narog, and went to open war with Morgoth. In centuries of searching, Morgoth had been unable to find the fortress of Nargothrond, but now not only was its location revealed, but the new bridge removed the defence of the River Narog. Glaurung the dragon was sent out from Angband with an army of Orcs to capture the city. After the defeat of the army of Nargothrond at the field of Tumhalad in FA 495, Glaurung and his army of Orcs came south, crossed the bridge, and sacked the city, killing or selling some of the inhabitants into slavery. The survivors then went to seek refuge in Doriath, leading to Thingol’s knowledge of the fall of Nargothrond.

Glaurung remained there until FA 499 when he went northeast to Brethil, to confront Túrin Turambar who eventually slew him. Though the realm was no more, Mîm the Petty-dwarf took up residence in caves claiming it and its treasures as his own in payment for the sufferings of his people, until Húrin came and slew him for his betrayal of his son. The treasure, including the Nauglamír, was then brought to the Elven Kingdom of Doriath and given to King Thingol.[5] Afterwards, the caves were destroyed during the War of Wrath, along with all of Beleriand.

Etymology Edit

Nargothrond was a Sindarin word translating to the words, 'Narog-fortress-vaulted hall'.[6]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ኛርጎጥሮንድ
Arabic نارعوتهروند
Armenian Նարգոտհրոնդ
Belarusian Cyrillic Нарготронд
Bengali ণার্গথ্রন্দ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Нарготронд
Catalan Nargòthrond
Chinese (Hong Kong) 納國斯隆德
Georgian ნარგოთჰრონდ
Greek Νάργκοθροντ
Gujarati ણર્ગોથ્રોન્દ
Hebrew נארגותרונד
Hindi नार्गोथ्रोन्द
Japanese ナルゴスロンド
Kannada ನರ್ಗೊಥ್ರೊಂಡ್
Kazakh Нарготранд (Cyrillic) Nargotrand (Latin)
Korean 나고 스 트론 드
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Нарготронд
Macedonian Cyrillic Нарготронд
Marathi नर्गोथ्रोंड
Mongolian Cyrillic Нарготронд
Nepalese णर्गोथ्रोन्द
Pashto نارګوتهروند
Persian نارگوتروند
Punjabi ਨਾਰੋਗੋਥ੍ਰੋਂਡ
Russian Нарготронд
Sanskrit णर्गोथ्रोन्द्
Serbian Нарготронд (Cyrillic) Nargotrond (Latin)
Sinhalese නාගර්ත්රොන්ඩ්
Tajik Cyrillic Нарготҳронд
Tamil ணர்கொத்ஹ்ரொந்த்
Telugu ణర్గొథ్రొన్ద
Thai นาร์โกธรอนด์
Ukrainian Cyrillic Нарготронд
Urdu نآرگوترونڈ
Uzbek Нарготронд (Cyrillic) Nargotrond (Latin)
Yiddish נאַרגאָטהראָנד

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

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Part One: The Grey Annals
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth',' Thematic Maps, "Languages"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Nargothrond"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXI: "Of Túrin Turambar"
  6. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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