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Dates
Angband dated back to ancient times, but Morgoth returned there c. 50 years1 before the first rising of the Sun; it was destroyed c. I 587
Location
Primarily used as a reference to Angband or its surrounding land of Dor Daedeloth, though in the later First Age Morgoth's power expanded to encompass lands across northern Beleriand
Origins
Taken by Morgoth as his stronghold after his escape from Aman
Race
Settlements
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The North

The lands under the power of Morgoth

Map of the North
The northern lands under the power of Morgoth (somewhat conjectural)
The northern lands under the power of Morgoth (somewhat conjectural)

A term used in Beleriand to describe the northern lands under the power of the Dark Lord. During the Siege of Angband, Morgoth was confined to his underground fortress, Angband beneath Thangorodrim in the Iron Mountains. In the Battle of Sudden Flame, though, he broke the Siege and after that battle his armies started to spread southwards. After the disaster of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, all of the lands on Beleriand's northern borders were left in Morgoth's hands. One by one, the remaining Elf-kingdoms fell, and Morgoth's Orcs often wandered far southwards from the lands of the North held by their master.


Notes

1

Specifically, Morgoth's return to Middle-earth and his establishment of Angband as his stronghold in the North is dated (in The Grey Annals in volume XI of The History of Middle-earth) as Valian Year 1495. That translates to some forty-eight solar years before the Moon and Sun first rose.

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