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Mount Gundabad

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns

Location: A mountain at the northern end of the Misty Mountains, at the juncture with the Grey Mountains; a major Orc stronghold lies underneath.

Description: In the Dwarvish traditions of the Third Age the names of the places where each of the Seven Ancestors had 'awakened' were remembered ... that of the ancestor of the Longbeards [Durin's Folk] ... had been Mount Gundabad (in origin a Khuzdul name), which was therefore revered by the Dwarves, and its occupation in the Third Age by the Orks of Sauron was one of the chief reasons for their great hatred of the Orks. ... Though these [places of awakening] were far sundered the Dwarves of different kindreds were in communication, and in the early ages often held assemblies of delegates at Mount Gundabad.

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 2, Ch 10, Of Dwarves and Men: Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men

2793—2799 III, The War of the Dwarves and Orcs:
When all was ready they assailed and sacked one by one all the strongholds of the Orcs that they could from Gundabad to the Gladden. Both sides were pitiless, and there was death and cruel deeds by dark and by light. But the Dwarves had the victory through their strength, and their matchless weapons, and the fire of their anger, as they hunted for Azog in every den under mountain.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk

2941, before the Battle of the Five Armies:
Ever since the fall of the Great Goblin of the Misty Mountains the hatred of their race for the dwarves had been rekindled ... there was a forging and an arming. Then they marched ... going ever by tunnel or under dark, until around and beneath the great mountain Gundabad of the North, where was their capital, a vast host was assembled ready to sweep down in time of storm unawares upon the South.

The Hobbit, Ch 17, The Clouds Burst

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 16Jul04, 10Dec04

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