Tolkien Gateway


Physical Description
TypeMountain Range
LocationFar east of Middle-earth
InhabitantsDwarves, Avari, Men
General Information
Other namesThe Red Mountains
EventsThe awakening of several Dwarven clans

The Orocarni was a mountain range in the far east made by the Valar before Arda was marred and the symmetry was lost in the wars against Melkor.[1]

On the western slopes of the Orocarni grew the Wild Wood, and near a great waterfall of a river that flowed into the Inland Sea of Helcar the bay of Cuiviénen lay, where the Elves woke.[2][3]

At their northern edge the Orocarni connected with the Ered Engrin,[1] forming a situation much as the Ered Luin in the far west.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "V. The Ambarkanta: Map IV", p. 256
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman", p. 77, notes §41