Gandalf enters Dol Guldur
Event Type: General
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
An event in the prelude to the second meeting of the White Council; see that entry for more information:
Now the Shadow grew ever greater, and the hearts of Elrond and Mithrandir darkened. Therefore on a time Mithrandir at great peril went again to Dol Guldur and the pits of the Sorcerer, and he discovered the truth of his fears, and escaped. And returning to Elrond he said:
'True, alas, is our guess. This is not one of the Úlairi, as many have long supposed. It is Sauron himself who has taken shape again and now grows apace; and he is gathering again all the Rings to his hand; and he seeks ever for news of the One, and of the Heirs of Isildur, if they live still on earth.’ ...
Then the White Council was summoned; and Mithrandir urged them to swift deeds, but Curunír spoke against him, and counselled them to wait yet and to watch.
The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
Gandalf again enters Dol Guldur, and discovers that its master is indeed Sauron who is gathering all the Rings and seeking for news of the One, and of Isildur's Heir. He finds Thráin and receives the key of Erebor. Thráin dies in Dol Guldur.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
'I myself dared to pass the doors of the Necromancer in Dol Guldur, and secretly explored his ways, and found thus that our fears were true: he was none other than Sauron, our Enemy of old, at length taking shape and power again.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond
'I remembered a dangerous journey of mine, ninety-one years before, when I had entered Dol Guldur in disguise, and had found there an unhappy Dwarf dying in the pits. I had no idea who he was. He had a map that had belonged to Durin's folk in Moria and a key that seemed to go with it, though he was too far gone to explain it. And he said that he had possessed a great Ring.'
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 3, The Quest of Erebor
added quote: Elena Tiriel 27Sep05, 30Sep05