Dor Amarth

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Area.png Dor Amarth
Region: The Plateau of Gorgoroth
Dungeon(s): The Abyss of Mordath
Dungeons of Barad-dûr
The Oath-taker's Horn
Landmark(s): Barad-dûr
Blozronk
Ered Lithui
Iant Ruin
Fushaum Tûm
Mordath
Nauronk
Sárronk
Settlement(s): Lûghash, the Flaming Spire
Ruins of Dingarth
Connecting
Area(s):
Agarnaith
Lhingris
Talath Úrui
Orodruin
Udûn
Levels: Mainly 108 - 109
Resource tier: T11 - Doomfold
Dor Amarth.jpg


Location

Dor Amarth (Sindarin for Doomfold, literally Land of Fate), is an area within the Plateau of Gorgoroth. It lies between Orodruin, Mount Doom, to the south and the Ered Lithui, the Ash Mountains, to the north.

This rocky plain within Mordor holds the broken bones of Barad-dûr. The eruption of Mount Doom has led to the break in the plateau of Gorgoroth. What was once a vast battlefield and mustering plain under Sauron's control has now become a dangerous field of volcanic jets, crevasses, quake-lines and sinkholes. Loyal Orcs and Men still stand guard over the ruins of Barad-dûr, hoping that the Dark Lord will eventually come and return in glory and lead them once more. Many Easterlings and Haradrim also stay to pillage the spoils of these lands as payment for the rewards promised by Sauron.

Dor Amarth held the capital of Sauron's realm, and is connected to all other major areas of the Plateau. To the north-west are the roads to the Isenmouthe, beyond which lies Udûn, and Durthang, the road to which runs west through the Morgai into Lhingris. West of Orodruin goes the road to Talath Úrui, the Burning Plain, while to the south-east, south of Barad-dûr and the remains of Iant Ruin, lies the pestilent vale of Agarnaith. Though much of the road winding around Mount Doom has been destroyed in the eruption, the northern face of the mountain can still be climbed by way of a winding path that precariously bridges the lava-streams.

The Conquest of Gorgoroth has established a camp at the Ruins of Díngarth, near the Isenmouthe. The Dwarves of Mordor, the Stout-axes, inhabit the Flaming Spire of Lûghash, at the base of the Ered Lithui.

Settlements

The following settlements are found within this area:

Landmarks

These landmarks are located within Dor Amarth:

NPCs

See list of all NPCs within Dor Amarth

Quests

Ruins of Dingarth
The Treasures of Barad-Dur quest arc
Ingold
Lômazar
The Stout-axes and Firehorns quest arc
Legolas
Gimli
Spakorth - Lûghash - Stout-axe Dwarves

Ered Lithui

Watching Stone at [43.6S, 20.2E]

Barad-dûr


Creatures

The following creatures are found within this area:

Ancient Evil

The Dead

Dwarves

Beasts

Critters

Dragon-kind

Men

Orc-kind

Orcs

Uruks

Spiders and Insects

Troll-kind

Unseen


Maps

Map of Dor AmarthMap of the Plateau of Gorgoroth

Lore

This land is named Dor Amarth by the Men of Gondor, rendered in the Common Speech as the Doomfold.[1] It comprises much of the northern side of the Plateau of Gorgoroth. As the site of Barad-dûr, under the north face of Orodruin, Dor Amarth likely saw much of the fighting during the War of the Last Alliance. After Sauron's defeat in that war, Barad-dûr was razed, but its foundations were sustained by the continued existence of the One Ring and could not be unmade.[2] Hidden within the Mordath, slaves mined the Ered Lithui in preparation for their lord's eventual return.[3]
After their victory, the Gondorians built many fortresses and watchtowers to support their occupation of Mordor.[4] Among these was Sídhost, the Peace-hold, built on the Ash Mountains' lower slopes to oversee Orodruin. Sídhost was eventually abandoned, and the remaining Gondorians gradually withdrew or were killed until Sauron's servants controlled Mordor in his absence. Sídhost was rebuilt as Lûghash, the Flaming Spire.[4][5] However, it was not until T.A. 2951, ten years after being driven from Dol Guldur, that Sauron publicly returned to Mordor and began the reconstruction of his Dark Tower.[6] When he returned, he destroyed the kingdom of the Stout-axe Dwarves in Mordor and imprisoned their king, Váskmun Greytooth. The Stout-axes had nowhere left to go but to live in Lûghash as servants of Zôreth.[7]
In Sauron's ultimate defeat, his tower could not support itself and collapsed, laying the Abyss of Mordath open to the world above. The base of the tower survives, however, and though Sauron is gone, the impression of his evil lingers in Barad-dûr, the Abyss of Mordath, and the surrounding lands. This corruption can induce madness in those who cannot resist it.[8] Many Black Númenóreans who were in Sauron's service still inhabit the remains of the Tower, however. Among these are the Order of the Eye, a cult of those who believe the Dark Lord will return yet again, and seek to gather the artifacts that were scattered in the Tower's collapse.[9] Dulgabêth the Black Word, the former Mouth of Sauron, now titles himself Sauron's Heir, and operates out of Barad-dûr while attempting to cement his position as Mordor's regent.[10]

References

  1. A Land of Ash and Shadow
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  3. Seven Rings
  4. a b Chapter 1.2: The Cruel History of Durthang
  5. Chapter 2.3: Lands of Doom
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  7. At the Mistress's Bidding
  8. Chapter 2.4: Madness at Barad-dûr
  9. Secrets of the Order
  10. Instance: Mouth of Gondor



Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of The Plateau of Gorgoroth
Settlements: Agarnaith Ranger CampLûghash, the Flaming SpireMagh AshtuRuins of DingarthUdûn Foothold
Areas: Agarnaith (Mokál Rukh)Dor AmarthLhingris (Cirith Ungol) • (Kâm Lagúrz, the Brokencleft)Orodruin (Sammath Naur)Talath Úrui (Ghâshghurm) • (Nargroth)Udûn (Cirith Gorgor) • (Durthang)
Landmarks: Barad-dûrDath NethrynDurthangEnnyn ÛrEphel DúathEred LithuiGrishbaltIsenmoutheMaegond SpurMithram SpurMorannonMordathNargrothRath CailSeregostTower of Cirith Ungol