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Dates
Constructed in the beginning of Arda, ruined some 4,000 years before the first rising of the Sun
Location
The far north of Arda
Race
Founded by Melkor, an Ainu, and peopled by his servants
Pronunciation
oo'toomnoh
Meaning
Never explicitly given, but probably 'Underworld' (literally, 'Great Deep (Place)') - this is supported by the title of Grond; 'Hammer of the Underworld'
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Utumno

The original stronghold of Melkor

Map of Utumno
The approximate location of Utumno (speculative)1
The approximate location of Utumno (speculative)1

Also called Udûn (for example in Gandalf's words on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm), Utumno was the ancient northern fortress of Melkor, delved in the time of the Lamps of the Valar. It was reduced to ruins when the Valar made war on him at the time of the awakening of the Elves.


Notes

1

The general geography of this map is based on early sketch-maps of the world reproduced in volume IV of The History of Middle-earth. However, even those old maps do not specifically mark the location of Utumno, so the position shown here is necessarily highly speculative. We know from textual references that it lay northward of Ered Engrin, the Iron Mountains, and far to the east from Angband (which at this time was part of Utumno's outer defences). It therefore lay somewhere within the general region shown here, but its exact location remains in the realms of conjecture.

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