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Caves of the Forgotten

The Caves of the Forgotten were formed after the hills of Calacirya fell on the army led by the Númenórean King Ar-Pharazôn.

Seduced by Sauron, he was persuaded that he had the power to take the lands of Aman from the Valar themselves. He set out with a great fleet and led an immense army into the Calacirya, ready to do battle for the Blessed Realm itself.

At that time Manwë the Elder King gave up his power over Arda and called on Ilúvatar, who then broke the world. Their fleets and even their island home were swept away.

Meanwhile, they themselves were imprisoned beneath the Earth where they still await the ending of the world. When the day of the Last Battle comes, it is said, they will be released from their caves, though the part that they have to play in the battle remains a mystery.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"