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Constructed in the beginning of Arda, ruined c.4,000 years before the beginning of the First Age
The far north of Arda
Founded by Melkor, an Ainu, and peopled by his servants
Never explicitly given, but probably 'Underworld' (literally, 'Great Deep (Place)') - this is supported by the title of Grond; 'Hammer of the Underworld'
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  • Updated 26 September 1998
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The original stronghold of Melkor

Also called Udûn (for example in Gandalf's words on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm), Utumno was the ancient northern fortress of Melkor, delved in the time of the Lamps of the Valar. It was reduced to ruins when the Valar made war on him at the time of the awakening of the Elves.

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