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The '''Ered Gorgoroth''' or '''Mountains of Terror''' were a mountain chain in the north of [[Beleriand]].
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The '''Ered Gorgoroth''' or '''Mountains of Terror'''<ref>{{S|Men}}</ref> were a mountain chain in the north of [[Beleriand]].
  
The Ered Gorgoroth was the southern edge of the highlands of [[Dorthonion]], and separated Dorthonion and the northlands of [[Ard-galen]] from Beleriand proper.
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The Ered Gorgoroth was the southern edge of the highlands of [[Dorthonion]], and separated Dorthonion from Beleriand proper. South of the Gorgoroth lay the unpopulated land of [[Nan Dungortheb]] (the Valley of Dreadful Death).<ref name="Map">{{S|Map}}</ref> The southern wall of the Ered Gorgoroth fell in sheer precipices.<ref>{{S|Beleriand}}</ref>
  
They were named such by the [[Sindar]] of [[Doriath]] after the [[spider]]-creature [[Ungoliant]] made it her temporary home, and spawned many evil spiders there, which wove webs that took away all light, and all the springs were poisoned.
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They were named such by the [[Sindar]] of [[Doriath]] after the [[Spiders|spider]]-creature [[Ungoliant]] made it her temporary home, and spawned many evil spiders there, which wove webs that took away all light, and all the springs were poisoned.<ref>{{S|Flight}}</ref>
  
South of the Gorgoroth lies the unpopulated land of [[Nan Dungortheb]] (the Valley of Dreadful Death).
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The Gorgoroth had no known passes, and even the [[Orcs]] of [[Morgoth]] passed it by. In all of the [[First Age]] only [[Beren]] son of [[Barahir]] is said to have passed the mountain range, and he never spoke of this terrible journey.<ref>{{S|Beren}}</ref>
 
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The Gorgoroth had no known passes, and even the [[Orcs]] of [[Morgoth]] passed it by. In all of the [[First Age]] only [[Beren]] son of [[Barahir]] is said to have passed the mountain range, and he never spoke of this terrible journey.
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Like the rest of Beleriand, the Gorgoroth were drowned during the [[War of Wrath]], although the highland of Dorthonion survived as the isle of [[Tol Fuin]].
 
Like the rest of Beleriand, the Gorgoroth were drowned during the [[War of Wrath]], although the highland of Dorthonion survived as the isle of [[Tol Fuin]].
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
*[[Sindarin]]: ''[[ered]]'' + ''[[gorgor]]'' + ''oth''
 
*[[Sindarin]]: ''[[ered]]'' + ''[[gorgor]]'' + ''oth''
  
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==Other versions of the Legendarium==
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The Ered Gorgoroth are in one place in ''[[Beren and Lúthien]]'' referred to as "Gorgorath" apparently in order to rhyme with "path".<ref>{{BL|Beren}}</ref> The variation is also included in the ''Beren and Lúthien'' glossary,<ref>{{BL|Glossary}}</ref> but the reason for the different spelling is not made clear.
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The name Gorgoroth refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Gorgoroth (disambiguation).
Ered Gorgoroth
Mountain range
Peter Xavier Price - Beren crosses Ered Gorgoroth.jpg
"Beren crosses Ered Gorgoroth" by Peter Xavier Price
General Information
Pronunciationeh-red gor-gor-oth
Other namesMountains of Terror
LocationBeleriand, separating Dorthonion from Nan Dungortheb
TypeMountain range
DescriptionTall, spider-haunted peaks
People and History
InhabitantsSpiders
EventsF.A. 450: Beren's crossing from Dorthonion
GalleryImages of Ered Gorgoroth

The Ered Gorgoroth or Mountains of Terror[1] were a mountain chain in the north of Beleriand.

The Ered Gorgoroth was the southern edge of the highlands of Dorthonion, and separated Dorthonion from Beleriand proper. South of the Gorgoroth lay the unpopulated land of Nan Dungortheb (the Valley of Dreadful Death).[2] The southern wall of the Ered Gorgoroth fell in sheer precipices.[3]

They were named such by the Sindar of Doriath after the spider-creature Ungoliant made it her temporary home, and spawned many evil spiders there, which wove webs that took away all light, and all the springs were poisoned.[4]

The Gorgoroth had no known passes, and even the Orcs of Morgoth passed it by. In all of the First Age only Beren son of Barahir is said to have passed the mountain range, and he never spoke of this terrible journey.[5]

Like the rest of Beleriand, the Gorgoroth were drowned during the War of Wrath, although the highland of Dorthonion survived as the isle of Tol Fuin.

[edit] Etymology

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

The Ered Gorgoroth are in one place in Beren and Lúthien referred to as "Gorgorath" apparently in order to rhyme with "path".[6] The variation is also included in the Beren and Lúthien glossary,[7] but the reason for the different spelling is not made clear.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Men"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Beren and Lúthien, "Appendix: Revisions to The Lay of Leithian: Of Beren Son of Barahir & His Escape"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Beren and Lúthien, "Glossary"