28 September 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 90: Menegroth

Menegroth (S. ‘Thousand caves’) was the great underground fortress of Doriath and the Palace of its King, Elwë Thingol. It lay under a stony hill in the center of Doriath, with its doors guarded by the Esgalduin river. The only entrance was by bridge. It was built early in the First Age with the help of the Dwarves of Belegost, and was said to be the mightiest and fairest of all the kingly halls in Middle-earth.

On two occasions, the fortress was sacked: first by the Dwarves of Nogrod (who slew King Thingol over their greed for the Nauglamír, which contained one of the Silmarils), and then again by the Sons of Fëanor, who, in trying to fulfill the Oath of Fëanor and reclaim the Silmaril, fronted the Second Kinslaying (the slaying of Elves by Elves).  

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