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Mount Dolmed
General Information
LocationNorthern central Blue Mountains
DescriptionA large mountain, where the two Father of the Western Dwarf Houses awoke
RegionsDwarves of the Blue Mountains
People and History
EventsWestern Dwarf Fathers' Awakening

Mount Dolmed was a mountain in the Ered Luin.



Mount Dolmed loomed over the only known pass from Eriador into Beleriand. It was here that according to the Dwarves two of the Fathers of the Dwarves, the founders of the Broadbeams and the Firebeards, awoke. Their descendants later established the Dwarven cities of Nogrod and Belegost.

The two cities were established on the Eastern side of the mountain. Just a little of North-east of Dolmed was Belegost, and a little to the South-east was Nogrod.

In YOTT 1497, the First Battle of Beleriand was fought between the Elves, and the forces of Morgoth. In the end the Elves had the victory and the surviving Orcs fled east toward the Ered Luin. They were however met by the Dwarves and annihilated by them.

Almost five hundred years later, a short war occurred between the Elves of Doriath and the Dwarves of Nogrod. In F.A. 503, after returning from their victory in Menegroth, the Dwarves were ambushed at Sarn Athrad and slaughtered. The survivors were climbing the slopes of Mount Dolmed when they were waylaid and annihilated by Ents.


Some Tolkienists such as Robert Foster and Karen Fonstad speculate that after the War of Wrath Dolmed was destroyed when the Ered Luin were broken and the Gulf of Lune, broke through it.[1][2]

However, Didier Willis noted a prominent unidentified mountain exactly on the location of Dolmed in the map of Beleriand as well as Mount Rerir to the north. This, coupled with a reinterpretation of Tolkien's maps, shows that Dolmed at least partially survived the devastation. [3]


The name means "wet head" in Sindarin, from dol and med. The word for head is used often in Sindarin to refer to hills.


  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, page 89
  2. Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth, p. 37
  3. Mystères géographiques n°1 : Mont Dolmed & cités naines, Hiwelokë, accessed March 23rd, 2011 (French)