(redirection from Tumunzahar)

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Brief Description    

The southernmost of the two Dwarven-citadels in the BlueMountains.


Nogrod, also known as Tumunzahar by the Eldar and Hollowbold by the Edain, was one of seven of the Ancient Mansions of the Dwarf Fathers. Its people were thought to be known as the Firebeards, with the Broadbeams residing in Belegost. It was located in the BlueMountains just to south-west of Belegost and was famed for its craftsmen, whose renown for fashioning the finest steel, weapons and mail was legendary. Chief among these was Telchar and his master Gamil Zirak the Old.

Yet, Nogrod and its people had a bloody history, for they remade the Nauglamír (Necklace of the Dwarves) and set within it a Silmaril of Fëanor, the very one that was cut from the IronCrown of Morgoth by Beren Erchamion. Yet, as Thingol was about to clasp it upon his breast, the Dwarves demanded it from him, beoming angrier and more hostile as their lust for this great prize above all prizes grew. Following an exchange of words and a stinging insult from The King, the Dwarves of Nogrod slew Elu Thingol, Lord of Beleriand, sacked Menegroth and so escaped with The Nauglamír. They were however pursued by and destroyed at The {Ford of Gelion}? and the Nauglamír taken from them. Those who escaped the battle were attacked by Ents, never to be seen again.

Nogrod and the nearby realm of Belegost was swallowed by the sea as the lands shifted and the earth was rent assunder during the War of Wrath, ending one of the greatest and most renowned of the Citadels of the Dwarves of old.

-- RayinBangor

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Hollowbold has an interesting etymology: it is the translation of nogrod, 'hollow dwelling' (early English bold, noun related to the verb build).

groth (grod): 'delving, underground dwelling' m Menegroth, Nogrod. Nogrod was originally Novrod 'hollow delving' (hence the translation Hollowbold), but was altered under the influence of naug 'dwarf'.

The suffix groth (-grod) itself Tolkien probably "borrowed" from Roman languages: (Italian grotta, French grotte) and is derived from greek krypte via latin crypta.

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