Sauron builds the Temple in Armenelos for the worship of Melkor (estimated date)
Event Type: Cultural/Social
Age: Akallabêth/Last Alliance
... Sauron caused to be built upon the hill in the midst of ... Armenelos the Golden, a mighty temple; and it was in the form of a circle at the base..., and the walls ... were crowned with a mighty dome. And that dome was roofed all with silver, and rose glittering in the sun, so that the light of it could be seen afar off; but soon the light was darkened, and the silver became black. For there was an altar of fire in the midst of the temple, and in the topmost of the dome there was a louver, whence there issued a great smoke. And the first fire upon the altar Sauron kindled with the hewn wood of Nimloth, and it crackled and was consumed; but men marvelled at the reek that went up from it....
Thereafter the fire and smoke went up without ceasing; for the power of Sauron daily increased, and in that temple, with spilling of blood and torment and great wickedness, men made sacrifice to Melkor that he should release them from Death.
The Silmarillion, Akallabêth
[Note: the date is an estimate, set to follow the event Ar-Pharazôn fells the White Tree.]
Elena Tiriel 15Nov05