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Dwarf-cities

The mountain dwellings of the Dwarves

The great cities of the Dwarves were in all cases associated with mountainous terrain, no doubt due to the Dwarves' love of mining and metalwork. The Dwarf-cities for which we have a detailed descriptions - Khazad-dûm and Erebor - were tunnelled within and beneath mountains (the Mountains of Moria and the Lonely Mountain, respectively). We don't know for sure whether all Dwarf-cities was constructed on this underground model, but the two other cities whose names we know for sure - Belegost and Nogrod - were both built among the peaks of the Blue Mountains, and were quite possibly tunnelled under those peaks like Khazad-dûm.

Elsewhere in the World, it seems that there was an ancestral Dwarf-city at one time at Mount Gundabad in the north, but the Orcs warred with the Dwarves and at the end of the Third Age, at least, Gundabad was in hands of the Goblins. There were other Dwarf-cities in Middle-earth, too, but they lay far off in the East, and their names have nowhere been recorded.


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