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|Description||A large mountain, where the two Fathers of the Western Dwarf Houses awoke|
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 Y.T. 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.
However, Ronald E. Kyrmse and later Didier Willis independently 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.
- ↑ Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, page 89
- ↑ Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth, p. 37
- ↑ Ronald Kyrmse, "The Geographical Relation between Beleriand and Eriador" in Mallorn no. 26, September 1989, pp. 25–27
- ↑ Didier Willis, Bulletin de géographie Hiswelóce, special issue no. 1, Winter 1994 (French); Mystères géographiques n°1 : Mont Dolmed & cités naines (c. 2000), Hiwelokë, accessed March 23rd, 2011 (French); revised and augmented in "Du Beleriand aux confins de Rhûn" in Tolkien, le façonnement d'un monde, vol. 2, 2014, pp. 197-230.