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Aglarond

The Glittering Caves

"...gems and crystals and veins of precious ore glint in the polished walls; and the light glows through folded marbles, shell-like, translucent as the living hands of Queen Galadriel."
From Gimli's description of Aglarond
The Two Towers III 8 The Road to Isengard

The deep caverns that lay behind Helm's Deep in the White Mountains. When Gimli saw them during the War of the Ring, he was astonished by their beauty. After the War he led a party of Dwarves from Erebor to Aglarond, and became Lord of the Glittering Caves.

It seems that the glittering caverns originally gave their name to the entire defensive complex, and there are records of the fortress that guarded the deep being called 'Aglarond' during the time it was still under Gondorian control. With the coming of the Rohirrim, these names were changed. Eventually the fortress became known as the Hornburg, so that Aglarond described just the caverns from which the name derived.


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