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Sammath Naur ~ History of the Great Forge ~ Forging the Ring of Power

 

The Dark Forge in the Cracks of Doom

“Here was the heart of the realm of Sauron and the forges of his ancient might,
greatest in Middle-earth; all other powers were here subdued.”

LOTR: ROTK, B6, C5

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TolkienCanon3In the great fiery Mountain of Orodruin, otherwise known as Mount Doom, a forge was built. A tunnel was carved into the great central cone, its door faced east, toward the seat of the Eye in the Dark Tower. Deep within the tunnel drove, until it reached the center of the smoking cone, the beating of heart of Mordor, the Chamber of Fire… the Cracks of Doom!

It is in this place of elemental powers that the dark will of Sauron was forged with fire, blood and metal into the One Ring to rule them all. A great part of Sauron’s own power was was woven into the Ring, forever after making the fate of Sauron tied to the Rings fate.

Orodruin1As Frodo and Sam crept across Gorgoroth, on the last leg of their journey through Mordor, they experienced a torment beyond anything they thought they could have endure. Lack of water and the air filled with poisonous fumes, made each step an agony. The vast mountain loomed up before them, spewing forth it’s endless smoke and fire.

“The Mountain crept up ever nearer, until, if they lifted their heavy heads, it filled all their sight, looming vast before them: a huge mass of ash and slag and burned stone, out of which a sheer-sided cone was raised into the clouds.
The confused and tumbled shoulders of it’s great base rose maybe three thousand feet above the plain, and above them was reared half as high again it’s tall central cone, like a vast oast or chimney capped with a jagged crater.
There was a road… Sauron’s Road from Barad-dûr to the Sammath Naur, the chamber of fire. Out from the Dark Tower’s huge western gate it came over a deep abyss by a vast bridge of iron, and then passing into the plain it ran for a league between two smoking chasms, and so reached a long sloping causeway that led up on the the Mountain’s eastern side.”

From The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the chapter ‘Mount Doom’

 

SamathNaurDoor2On the slopes of Mount Doom Frodo and Sam came upon an ancient road, that wound about the cone and then ran down the side of the fiery mountain to the plain of Gorgoroth below. There is cross ed dark plain until it reached the Dark Tower of Mordor!

Sauron’s road ran to the very feet of Mount Doom, where it began to circle the massive base of the mountain, moving up to the cone which stood 3000 feet above the plain and finally ending at the door of Sammath Naur which faced the Window of the Eye in the Dark Tower.

“He was looking at Sauron’s Road from Barad-dûr to the Sammath Naur, the chamber of fire. Out of the Dark Tower’s huge western gate it came over a deep abyss by a vast bridge of iron, and then passing into the plain it ran for a league between two smoking chasms, and so reached a long sloping causeway that led between up on to the Mountain’s eastern side. 
“Thence, turning and encircling all it’s wide girth from north to south, it climbed at last, high in the upper cone, but still far from the reeking summit, to a dark entrance that gazed back east straight to the Window of the Eye in Sauron’s shadow-mantled fortress. Often blocked or destroyed by the tumults of the Mountain’s Furnaces, always that road was repaired and cleared again by the labors of countless orcs.
So foot by foot, like small grey insects, they  crept up the  slope.  They came to the path and found it was broad, paved with broken rubble and beaten ash.”

From The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the chapter ‘Mount Doom’

 

SamathNaurDoor4Sam came upon the ancient Door of Sammath Naur, a darkness lay therein. This was the entrance in the the mighty forge of Orodruin, where Sauron the Dark Lord of Mordor forged the One Ring of power in the Second Age of Middle-earth.

“The Path climbed on. Soon it bent again and with a last eastward course passed into a cutting along the face of the cone and came to dark door in the mountain’s side, the door of the Sammath Naur. Far away now rising towards the South,the sun, piercing the smokes and haze, burned ominous, a dull bleared disc of red; but all Mordor lay about the Mountain like a dead land, shadow-folded, waiting for some dreadful stroke.”

Sam came to the gaping mouth and peered in. It was dark and hot, and a deep rumbling shook the air. For a moment he stood, his heart beating with wild fears, and then he plunged in.

Here was the heart of the realm of Sauron and the forges of his ancient might, greatest in Middle-earth; all other powers were here subdued.”

From The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the chapter ‘Mount Doom’

 

SamathNaurDoor5Sam entered the darkness of Sammath Naur, the realm of Sauron,  his great forge and finds Frodo already within, standing upon the very edge of the fiery abyss. He heard the roar and chaos of flame and fire!

“Fearfully he took a few uncertain steps in the dark, and then all at once there came a flash of red the leaped upward, and smote the high black roof. Then Sam saw he was in a long cave or tunnel that bored into the Mountain’s smoking cone. But only a short way a head it’s floor and the walls on either side were cloven by a great fissure, out of which the red glare came, now leaping up, now dying down into darkness, and all the while far below there was a rumor and a trouble as of great engines throbbing and laboring.
The light sprang up again, and there on the brink if the chasm, at the very Crack of Doom, stood Frodo, black against the glare, tense, erect, but still as if he had been turned to stone.”

From The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the chapter ‘Mount Doom’

 

“Thence, turning and encircling all its wide girth from south to north,
it climbed at last, high in the upper cone, but still far from the reeking summit, to a dark entrance that gazed back east
straight to the Window of the Eye in Sauron’s shadow-mantled fortress.”

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