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Dates
Known to have existed as early as the First Age, and presumably dated back to the origins of the Orcs themselves
Race
Settlements
Examples possibly include Goblin-town and Gundabad1
Meaning
A 'hold' is an archaic word for a fortress or secure refuge

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Orc-holds

The dens of Goblin-kind

Underground tunnellings of the Orcs, found throughout Middle-earth, especially in the Misty Mountains and in the valleys of Mordor.


Notes

1

It's difficult to define precisely how large or small an 'Orc-hold' could be. A 'hold' would normally be a fortress or refuge or perhaps (especially in the case of the Orcs) a cavern, and on that basis the named examples we have would all seem to be too large and populous to qualify. If we define an Orc-hold as any place populated by Orcs, then Goblin-town and Gundabad would fall under that definition, as would Moria in its later days. On that basis, there would also have been numerous Orc-holds to be found in Mordor, and doubtless also in Dol Guldur.

See also...

Bilbo Baggins, Udûn

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