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Dates
Erebor was originally founded in III 1999, so the Front Gate likely existed in some form from that date
Location
At the base of the southern cliff-face of Erebor, the Lonely Mountain
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Settlements
The main entrance of Kingdom under the Mountain, overlooking Dale in the valley below
Source
The river Running rose within the Lonely Mountain and flowed out through the Front Gate
Outflow
The river flowed southward from the Mountain into the Long Lake, and then on into the far southeast
Important peaks
Meaning
The most important of the entrances to Erebor1
Other names

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Front Gate

The entrance to Erebor

Map of the Front Gate of the Lonely Mountain

A common term for the main gate of the Dwarf-citadel of Erebor.


Notes

1

Erebor originally had several gates around the Lonely Mountain, of which the Front Gate was the most important. After Smaug occupied Erebor in III 2770, he blocked all of these gates except the Front Gate, leaving that sole remaining entrance open for his own use. There was one other exception: the secret 'back door', unknown to the Dragon, used by Thorin and Company to enter the Lonely Mountain instead of using the main Front Gate.

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