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Dates
Destroyed at the end of the First Age
Location
On the north side of Amon Gwareth within the Encircling Mountains
Race
Divisions
Culture
Settlements
Beneath the northern walls of Gondolin
Pronunciation
karagdoo'r
Meaning
Apparently 'dark spike'1

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Caragdûr

The precipice beneath Gondolin

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A black precipice of rock on the north side of the city of Gondolin. Eöl the Dark Elf met his end by being flung down the Caragdûr.


Notes

1

Our only direct description of the Caragdûr is as a 'precipice of black rock' (Quenta Silmarillion 16, Of Maeglin), which seems to imply a sheer cliff-face rather than a spike of rock. However, carag is explicitly interpreted as 'spike, tooth of rock', so it seems that the precipice of the Caragdûr must have included at least one such jagged spike extending out from the cliff's face.

See also...

Eöl, Gondolin

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