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Nogrod was founded long before the Return of the Noldor to Middle-earth; it was destroyed in the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age
Nogrod lay south of Mount Dolmed, in the Ered Luin
Not certainly known, but apparently belonged to the Firebeard clan
Nogrod is pronounced 'no'grod'
Nogrod means 'Dwarf-dwelling'
Title of
Presumably a succession of Lords1, most notably the unnamed Lord who sacked Menegroth and was slain by Beren in I 502


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Lord of Nogrod

A leader of the Dwarves of Blue Mountains

The title given to the ruler of Nogrod, the southerly of the two great Dwarf-cities that stood in the Blue Mountains during the First Age. Though there were presumably many Lords who ruled Nogrod down through the history of that Age, only one appears in records, and even that Lord is not named.

In the year I 502, this Lord received some of his own people who claimed they had been attacked in Menegroth by King Thingol. The King had requested that they set the Silmaril recovered by Beren and Lúthien into the Nauglamir, the famous Necklace of the Dwarves. According to these survivors, the King had slain the Dwarves rather than render payment for their work (this was a lie: the Dwarves had in fact seized the Nauglamir and murdered Thingol).

Thus deceived, the Lord of Nogrod set out in search of revenge. He found Doriath all but defenceless: with the loss of its King, the Girdle of Melian had failed, and Thingol's lords and warriors were leaderless. The Dwarves marched into Menegroth and sacked the Thousand Caves of Doriath, though not without great loss. They emptied its treasuries, and the Lord of Nogrod took the Nauglamir with its Silmaril for himself.

Marching eastward across Beleriand, the victorious Dwarves had almost reached their home when they were in turn assailed, by Beren and his son Dior, aided by the Green-elves of Ossiriand. The Lord of Nogrod saw the remnant of his army defeated in that battle, and he himself fell at Beren's hand.



We have no certain accounts of the line of the Lords of Nogrod, but we do know that the city was established after the arrival of the Dwarves in the Blue Mountains about 2,395 years before the first rising of the Sun, and destroyed at the end of the First Age. Nogrod therefore stood for a little less than three thousand years. Records from the House of Durin suggest that lords of the Dwarves tended to rule for an average of about a century, implying that there were (very roughly, assuming a continuous line of rulers) some thirty Lords of Nogrod in total.

See also...

Ford of Stones


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