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Barad-dûr falls at the Destruction of the One Ring

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: March 25, 3019

Description:

An event in the aftermath of the Destruction of the One Ring; see that entry for an overview:
'The Dark Tower was broken [in the Last Alliance], but its foundations were not removed; for they were made with the power of the Ring, and while it remains they will endure.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond

'If [the Ring] is destroyed, then [Sauron] will fall.... For he will lose the best part of the strength that was native to him in his beginning, and all that was made or begun with that power will crumble....'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 9, The Last Debate

And far away, as Frodo put on the Ring and claimed it for his own... the Power in Barad-dûr was shaken, and the Tower trembled from its foundations to its proud and bitter crown.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 3, Mount Doom

A brief vision [Sam] had of swirling cloud, and in the midst of it towers and battlements, tall as hills, founded upon a mighty mountain-throne above immeasurable pits; great courts and dungeons, eyeless prisons sheer as cliffs, and gaping gates of steel and adamant: and then all passed. Towers fell and mountains slid; walls crumbled and melted, crashing down; vast spires of smoke and spouting steams went billowing up... until they toppled like an overwhelming wave.... And then at last over the miles between there came a rumble, rising to a deafening crash and roar; the earth shook, the plain heaved and cracked, and Orodruin reeled.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 3, Mount Doom

But Gandalf lifted up his arms and called once more in a clear voice:

'Stand, Men of the West!.... This is the hour of doom.'

And even as he spoke the earth rocked beneath their feet.... The earth groaned and quaked. The Towers of the Teeth swayed, tottered, and fell down; the mighty rampart crumbled; the Black Gate was hurled in ruin; and from far away, now dim, now growing, now mounting to the clouds, there came a drumming rumble, a roar, a long echoing roll of ruinous noise.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 4, The Field of Cormallen

Then Sauron... passed away...; and the towers of Barad-dûr crumbled in ruin, and at the rumour of their fall many lands trembled.

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 19Sep05, 8Aug06

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