Barad-dûr, also known as the Dark Tower, is a possible location in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. This fortress-tower was Sauron's primary stronghold in Middle-earth and Mordor. The building itself is the tallest tower to ever be built in Middle-earth, being over 1,400 meters tall, from top to bottom.

History[edit | edit source]

Barad-dûr was built close to the volcano called Mount Doom in the land of Mordor by order of Sauron. Its construction began somewhere around the year SA 1000, and it took nearly six hundred years to complete. Much of Sauron's personal power went into the fortress, turning it into the greatest fortress ever to be built.

At the end of the Second Age it was leveled after Sauron's defeat at the hands of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Its foundations, which were created using the One Ring, remained intact and no force could destroy it. Thousands of years later the fortress was re-built after Isildur chose not to destroy the Ring.

Beside its size and immense strength, Tolkien did not describe the fortress in detail. As it had a "topmost tower" with the Window of the Eye, it can be assumed that Barad-dûr had multiple towers. Tolkien also described it as being surrounded in shadow, making it difficult to see the structure. There were several giant caverns known as "Pits" below the immense structure, which may have been used as prisons.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

In the Black Speech, Barad-dûr is called Lugbúrz, meaning "dark tower".

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Peter Jackson's film adaptations, the Eye of Sauron was placed at its pinnacle.
  • The top of the tower is reimagined due to it now having a platform and it's pinnacle is in a different shape.
  • Barad-dûr is the fortress of the Dark Lord Sauron, while Angband was the fortress of the Dark Lord Morgoth.
  • Even though canonically the tower should be present, it makes no physical appearance within Mordor.
  • When Sauron and Celebrimbor are trapped and fighting for dominance, the Flaming Eye and the Palantir changes to red and blue. When the One Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom, the Eye emits a blue color in the pupil even though this didn't happen in the third film, even the One Ring glows blue when it was cast into the fire.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Barad-dûr
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