Orodruin

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Area.png Orodruin (Mount Doom)
Region: The Plateau of Gorgoroth
Landmark(s): Amon Thaur
Orodruin Northern Slopes
Sammath Naur
Orodruin Western Peak
Connecting
Area(s):
Dor Amarth
Levels: Mainly 115
Resource tier: T11 - Doomfold
Orodruin.jpg


Location

Orodruin (Sindarin for Burning Mountain or Mountain of Fire, literally Mountain of Fiery-red), also known as Mount Doom (Amon Amarth in Sindarin), is an area within the Plateau of Gorgoroth.

This volcano dominates Gorgoroth, and separates Dor Amarth in the north from Talath Úrui in the south. The northern face can be accessed from Dor Amarth. In the south, the mountain's face has blown open, creating the Ghâshghurm.

Landmarks

These landmarks are located within Orodruin:

NPCs

See list of all NPCs within Orodruin

Quests

Involving:

Creatures

The following creatures are found within this area:


Maps

Map of OrodruinMap of the Plateau of Gorgoroth

Lore

Pronunciation: o'rodruin ('ruin' is pronounced as in English)
Meaning: Mountain of Red Flame
The fire-mountain in the northern parts of Mordor, in which Sauron forged the One Ring during the Second Age, and into which the same Ring fell thousands of years later to bring about the Dark Lord's downfall.
When Sauron chose the land of Mordor as his dwelling-place in the Second Age, Orodruin was the reason for his choice. He used its fire in his magic and his forging, and the most famous result of his forging, and in fact the only one we know of for sure, was the One Ring, made in about the year II 1600. So powerful was the sorcery used in the making of the Ring that it could not be unmade, except by casting it back into the same fire that had forged it.
The first opportunity to destroy the Ring came in the last year of the Second Age, at the end of the War of the Last Alliance. Sauron was defeated in that War, and Isildur cut the Ring from his hand. Elrond and Círdan counselled him to destroy the Ring then [note 1] (the battle had taken place at the gates of Barad-dûr, and Orodruin was therefore near at hand), but Isildur refused, and claimed the Ring for himself. So the doom of the Third Age was made.
Orodruin was far more than a natural volcano - Sauron seems to have extended his own power into it, and was able to control its fires. It seems to have lain dormant when Sauron was away from Mordor, and sprung into life when his power grew. After the Downfall of Númenor, for example, the Exiles in Middle-earth first knew that Sauron had also escaped the Downfall when they saw smoke rising from Orodruin, and an Age later at the Council of Elrond (The Lord of the Rings II 2), Boromir says 'Smoke rises once more from Orodruin that we call Mount Doom'. [1]

Notes

  1. It isn't clear how Elrond or Círdan could know that throwing the Ring into Orodruin would destroy it - neither of them had had any part in the making of the Rings of Power, and both had refused Sauron's lore when he offered it to them. At this time, though, both Elrond and Círdan were themselves Ring-bearers (of the Elven-rings Vilya and Narya), and perhaps these Rings gave them special insight.

References



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