Angband ( Synd. Angband , "Iron Dungeon") - in the legend of J.R. R. Tolkien, a huge underground fortress erected by Melkor . The second of Morgoth's citadels in Middle-earth . Located north of Beleriand .
Like the first Mediterranean fortress of Melkor, Utumno , Angband was built in the Iron Mountains , created by Melkor himself, and was located deep underground. After the return of Melkor directly above the fortress, an artificial three-headed peak Tangorodrim was erected by the forces of many orcs.
The fortress was originally intended to serve as a guard outpost on the path of a possible attack by the Valar on Utumno . The governor of Angband from the days of its foundation was appointed Gorthaur the Cruel from among the servants of Melkor Mayar . The garrison of the citadel was originally composed of seven balrogs ; subsequently, after Melkor returned to Middle-earth, they were joined by numerous hordes of orcs withdrawn from the elves captured by the servants of Morgoth; also in the walls of Angband dragons were bred.
Angband during the Gem War
After the arrival of the Noldor and the battle, Dagor Aglareb Angband was besieged for almost four hundred years by the forces of the elves and people of Beleriand from three directions - west, south and east. However, on the north side, the siege ring was not closed, and Melkor's troops could freely move along the spurs of the Iron Mountains and make sorties to Beleriand . In the battle of the Sudden Flame, Dagor Bragollah, the ring of the siege of Angband was broken.
It was at the gates of Angband that High King Noldor Fingolfin , the younger brother of Feanor , called Melkor to a duel and was killed, wounding his opponent in the leg and making him lame. Subsequently, the gates of Angband began to guard Karharoth , a huge wolf from the brood of the first wolkolak , Draugluin , personally fed by Morgoth to the flesh of people and elves.
During the War of Wrath , when Melkor was captured and driven out of Arda through the Gate of Night, Angband was completely destroyed. Its ruins sank to the bottom of the sea after the flooding of Beleriand .
Angband in popular culture
In the works of other authors
Angband, as Melkor’s residence, is present in the dilogy “ Beyond Dawn ” by the Russian-language fantasy writer Olga Brilyova (the book itself was published under the pseudonym “Beren Belgarion”). The author presents the fortress as a whole according to the “classical” description, adding that the anhydrous desert of Anfauglit is an absolutely flat plain covered with an even layer of hardened stone that melted when breaking the siege of Angband during Dagor Bragollah, the only way to the Angband Gate. It was possible to overcome this path and stay alive only in winter, when the plain was covered with snow, but the main character manages to do this in the summer.
Angband story used in Angband computer game
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