Places in Middle-earth
Region: Beleriand & North
Meaning: Iron Prison
Other Names Hells of Iron
Location: In the Northlands of Morgoth at the feet of the Iron Mountains (Erin Engrin).
...and the gates of Morgoth were but one hundred and fifty leagues distant from the bridge of Menegroth: far and yet all too near.
The Silmarillion Ch 10, Of the Sindar
Description: ...the endless dungeons of Angband, the hells of iron, where of old Utumno had been. But he made a great tunnel under them, which issued south of the mountains; and there he made a mighty gate. But above this gate, and behind it even to the mountains, he piled the thunderous towers of Thangorodrim; and these were made of the ash and slag of his subterranean furnaces, and the vast refuse of his tunnellings. They were black and desolate and exceedingly lofty; and smoke issued from their tops, dark and foul upon the northern sky. Before the gates of Angband filth and desolation spread southward for many miles. There lay the wide plain of Bladorion.
The Lost Road, Ch 9, Of Beleriand And Its Realms
...the drear dale that lay before the Gate of Angband. Black chasms opened beside the road, whence forms as of writhing serpents issued. On either hand the cliffs stood as embattled walls, and upon them sat carrion fowl crying with fell voices. Before them was the impregnable Gate, an arch wide and dark at the foot of the mountain; above it reared a thousand feet of precipice.
The Silmarillion Ch 19, Of Beren and Lúthien
Contributors: lyllyn 5.31.03