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Barad-dûr

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Barad-dûr
Physical Description
TypeTower
LocationNorthwestern Mordor
RealmsMordor
InhabitantsSauron, Nazgul, Orcs
DescriptionGargantuan tower that hosted the Eye of Sauron
General Information
Other namesLugburz, The Dark Tower
EtymologyS. "Dark Tower"
EventsSiege of Barad-dur
ReferencesUnfinished Tales, The Lord of the Rings
""...wall upon wall, battlement upon battlement, black, immeasurably strong, mountain of iron, gate of steel, tower of adamant... Barad-dûr, fortress of Sauron.""
― Vision of Frodo Baggins[1]

Barad-dûr, the Dark Tower, was the chief fortress of Sauron, on the Plateau of Gorgoroth in Mordor. Known in Black Speech as Lugburz, the Eye of Sauron kept watch over Middle-earth from its highest tower.

History

First Building of Barad-dûr

Barad-dûr was built by Sauron with the power of the One Ring during the Second Age, in c. S.A. 1000[2]. The fortress took six hundred years to complete; it was the greatest fortress ever built since the Fall of Angband, and much of Sauron's personal power went into it.

Soon after its construction, Tar-Minastir of Númenor sent a fleet to Middle-earth, and Sauron's forces were driven out of the western lands that they had roamed at will to that time. Barad-dûr could not be approached by the Númenóreans, however, and Sauron was able to consolidate his power and extend it into the east. However, In S.A. 3262, Sauron left his Dark Tower to travel to Númenor with the vast forces of Ar-Pharazôn[3]; he returned after the Downfall of Númenor in S.A. 3319.

In S.A. 3434, the Last Alliance of Elves and Men besieged Barad-dûr[4]. The siege lasted for seven years , and the Dark Tower was finally leveled after Sauron's defeat at the end of the Second Age.

Because Barad-dûr was created using the power of the One Ring its foundations could not be destroyed completely unless the Ring itself should be destroyed. Isildur failed to destroy the Ring, and so its foundations remained.

Reconstruction of Barad-dùr

The Reconstruction of Barad-dùr began after Sauron was driven from Mirkwood in T.A. 2941 by the White CouncilCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag It is otherwise described as dark and surrounded in shadow, so that it could not be clearly seen.

Barad-Dûr was constructed mainly of metal. "Adamant" usually refers to diamond, but it probably has the more general meaning of "hard, unbreakable substance". From the main gate of the Tower, that was made of steel, a causeway ran out into the plain of Gorgoroth, across a mighty bridge.

Frodo and Sam saw Barad-dûr as they journeyed to Mount Doom: "...rising black, blacker and darker than the vast shades amid which it stood, the cruel pinnacles and iron crown of the topmost tower of Barad-dûr..."[5]


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