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Destroyed at the end of the First Age
Above the western bank of the River Narog, midway along its course
Nargothrond was built beneath these hills
Faroth is pronounced fah'roth ('th' as in 'cloth')
Faroth means 'Hunters' (in full these hills were known as the 'Hills of the Hunters')
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High Faroth

The Hills of the Hunters above Nargothrond

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The range of wooded hills that rose up above the western side of the River Narog, also called Taur-en-Faroth or simply the Faroth. The name is translated in full as 'Hills of the Hunters', and it was among these hills that the stream of Ringwil rose and cascaded down into the main river. In their steep eastern sides above the Narog, there was a network of caverns. From ancient times, these Caverns of Narog had been home to Petty-dwarves who dwelt there in secret.

After the return of the Noldor to Middle-earth, King Thingol described the Caverns to his kinsman Finrod, who chose that place to build his great underground fortress, Nargothrond. What became of the Petty-dwarves at this time is not recorded, but at least some escaped to dwell in Amon Rûdh. Finrod was aided in his building beneath the Faroth by their distant cousins, the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains, and it was they who gave him his famous surname, Felagund, Hewer of Caves.

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