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A city of the Orcs

"And down down to Goblin-town"
Song of the Goblins
from The Hobbit 4
Over Hill and Under Hill

An extensive network of caverns and tunnels excavated by the Goblins in the Misty Mountains east of Rivendell, beneath the High Pass. It was only one of several such communities of the Orcs in the Mountains, and certainly not the most important, but it is well known for its role in the story of Bilbo Baggins. It was here that Thorin and his companions were captured by the Great Goblin, the ruler of the town. At the same time, Bilbo became lost in the Goblins' tunnels, and came across a most precious object: Gollum's Magic Ring, which was later discovered to be none other than the One Ring itself.

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