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Mount Doom

Mount Doom
Place from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium
Other names Orodruin, Amon Amarth
Description Volcano
Location Mordor

Mount Doom is a fictional volcano in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. It is located in the north-west of the Black Land of Mordor and close to Barad-dûr. Alternative names, in Tolkien's invented language of Sindarin, include Orodruin ("fiery mountain") and Amon Amarth ("mountain of fate"). The Sammath Naur ("Chambers of Fire"), made by Sauron in the Second Age, is a structure located deep within the mountain's molten core. It was here Sauron forged the One Ring during the Second Age.

The mountain represents the endpoint of Sauron and the only place it can be destroyed.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Cracks of Doom 2
  • Concept and creation 3
  • Adaptations 4
  • Namesakes 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7

History

When Sauron began searching One Ring. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf explains that the materials of which the Ring is made are so durable and the enchantments with which it is imbued so powerful that it can only be destroyed in the Cracks of Doom where it was made.

Orodruin is more than just an ordinary volcano; it responds to Sauron's commands and his presence, lapsing into dormancy when he is away from Mordor and becoming active again when he returns.[1] When Sauron is defeated at the end of the Third Age, the volcano erupts violently.[2]

Cracks of Doom

The phrase "crack of doom" is the modern English for the Old English term for Ragnarök, the great catastrophe of Norse mythology. The term became used for the Christian Day of Judgement, as by William Shakespeare in Macbeth (Act 4, scene 1, line 117).[3] This appealed to Tolkien, who was a Professor of Old English. Another possible source of the name is a long story by Algernon Blackwood.[4]

Concept and creation

Mount Doom corresponds to the volcano of Stromboli in Sicily.[5]

Adaptations

Orodruin as depicted in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Mount Ngauruhoe was Peter Jackson's inspiration for Mt. Doom

In Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Orodruin was represented by two active volcanoes in New Zealand: Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu. In long shots the mountain is either a large model or a CGI effect, or a combination. It was not permitted to film the summit of Ngauruhoe because the Māori hold it to be sacred. However, some scenes on the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on the slopes of Ruapehu.[6]

Namesakes

The International Astronomical Union names all mountains on Saturn's moon Titan after mountains in Tolkien's work.[7] In 2012, they named a Titanian mountain "Doom Mons" after Mount Doom.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Orodruin". The Encyclopedia of Arda. 28 December 2003. 
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Shakespeare, William. The Tragedie of Macbeth, in Charlton Hinman, ed., The Norton Facsimilie: The First Folio of Shakespeare (New York: W. W. Norton: 1996), 752.
  4. ^ Nelson, Dale (2004). "Possible Echoes of Blackwood and Dunsany in Tolkien's Fantasy".  
  5. ^   Referred to at tolkienguide.com and by another publication of the Niekas editor.
  6. ^ Sibley, Brian. The Making of the Movie Trilogy The Lord of the Rings, Houghton Mifflin (2002).
  7. ^ International Astronomical Union. "Categories for Naming Features on Planets and Satellites". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. Accessed Nov 14, 2012.
  8. ^ International Astronomical Union. "Doom Mons". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. Accessed Nov 14, 2012.

Further reading

  • Ian Brodie (2003). The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook. Harper Collins.  
  • Larsen, Kristine (2007). "Sauron, Mount Doom, and Elvish Moths: The Influence of Tolkien on Modern Science".  
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