30 August 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 61: Sammath Naur


Sammath Naur (also known as the Chambers of Fire) was constructed by Sauron the Great during the early part of the Second Age, located on the side of the volcano of Orodruin in Mordor. The tunnels, which could be reached via Sauron’s Road – and which also looked out across the plain of Gorgoroth towards Barad-dûr – gave Sauron access to the volcanic inner fires of the mountain, at the heart of which lay the Cracks of Doom. 

Sauron forged the One Ring in the chambers of Sammath Naur; therefore, it "must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came." The One Ring was destroyed at the end of the Third Age, when the hobbits Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee brought it in secret back to Sammath Naur, and cast it into the Cracks of Doom.

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