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Mount Gundabad
Physical Description
LocationNorthern end of the Misty Mountains
RealmsKingdom of Durin's Folk
Orc of the Mountains
DescriptionA large mountain, where Durin the Deathless awoke, later capital of the Orcs of the region
General Information
EtymologyGund, meaning "excavated tunnel"
EventsAwakening of Durin
First Sacking of Gundabad
Second Sacking of Gundabad

Mount Gundabad was a mountain at the northern end of the Misty Mountains.


According to the Dwarves, Durin the Deathless, eldest of the Fathers of the Dwarves, awoke at Mount Gundabad in the north of the Misty Mountains shortly after the Awakening of the Elves.[1] Mount Gundabad remained a sacred holy site to the Dwarves ever after and a meeting place with the other Fathers of the Dwarves. However at some point during the Second Age, Orcs that survived the destruction of Angband wandering in the Northern Waste, attacked the mountain and took it for themselves.

In the Third Age, the Orcs of Angmar claimed it as their capital, which was one of the reasons for the Dwarves' special hatred of this people. After the fall of Angmar Gundabad remained an Orc stronghold, until it was cleaned of Orcs during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs in the 2790s. The Orcs did however repopulate it over the next two hundred years, although after the Battle of Five Armies their numbers never reached its former strength again.

Mount Gundabad was the rally point of the armies of Bolg the Goblin chieftain, who would later go on to fight the Battle of Five Armies.[2]


Gundabad is a Khuzdul word of unknown meaning. The first element is probably Gund, meaning "excavated tunnel".


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"