lammoth

Above the noise of the water the sound of his song and the sweet thrilling of the harp were echoed in the stone and multiplied, and went forth and rang in the night-clad hills, until all the empty land was filled with music beneath the stars.
—  Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin, Unfinished Tales

Then Morgoth sent forth a terrible cry, that echoed in the mountains. Therefore that region was called Lammoth, for the echoes of his voice dwelt there ever after, so that any who cried aloud in that land awoke them, all the waste between the hills and the sea was filled with a claumour as of voices in anguish. 

(2/? instrumental mixes for terrifying tolkien week)

01 Calenhad Docks - Inon Zur. 02 Lighthouse Music - Hans Zimmer. 03 The Seal People - Atli Örvarsson. 04 The Forbidden Line - James Newton Howard. 05 The Sacrifice - Mike Morasky. 06 Monk With Bell - Batman Begins. 07 The Fog Finale - John Carpender. 08 The Well - Hans Zimmer. 09 End Credits - The Babadook. 10 Maurice - Joseph Bishara. 

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I wonder if, after Melkor was cast into the Void, Mairon would ever sneak away to Lammoth and wander there in loneliness, hoping to hear the echo of his Master’s voice.  Was that place still there then?

“Then Morgoth sent forth a terrible cry, that echoed in the mountains.  Therefore that region was called Lammoth; for the echoes of his voice dwelt there ever after…” - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

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Middle Earth History Meme:  {2/2} Locations:  The Lammoth

In a ravine Ungoliant lived, and she took the shape of a spider of monstrous form.  There she sucked up all light she could find, and spun it forth into darkness.  Morgoth sought her out to assist in the poisoning of the Two Trees of Valinor.  After his theft of the Silmarils, Ungoliant demanded all that Morgoth possessed.  In his right hand he held close the jewels, but he would not open it.

But Ungoliant had grown great, and she rose against him, and her cloud closed about him, and she enmeshed him in a clinging web to strangle him.  Then Morgoth sent forth a terrible cry, that echoed in the mountains.  Therefore that region was called Lammoth, the Great Echo.

The echoes of his voice dwelt there ever after, so that any who cried aloud in that land woke them, and all the waste between the hills and the sea was filled with a clamor of voices in anguish.  The cry of Morgoth in that hour was the greatest and most dreadful that was ever heard in the northern world;  the mountains shook, and the earth trembled, and the rocks were riven asunder.

It has been told that Fëanor and his sons came first of the Exiles to Middle-earth, and landed in the waste of Lammoth, the Great Echo, upon the outer shores of the Firth of Drengist. And even as the Noldor set foot upon the strand their cries were taken up into the hills and multiplied, so that a clamour as of countless mighty voices filled all the coasts of the North; and the noise of the burning of the ships at Losgar went down the winds of the seas as a tumult of great wrath, and far away all who heard that sound were filled with wonder.
—  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, p.106 (Of the Return of the Noldor).
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Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-earth [full album]
Nightfall in Middle-Earth is a concept album by Blind Guardian, released in 1998. It is Blind Guardian's sixth studio album. The album is based upon J. R. R....

The album retells the events in The Silmarillion, beginning with an episode at the end:

  1. In “War of Wrath”, Sauron advises his master Morgoth to flee the triumphant Valar in the War of Wrath. Morgoth sends him away and reflects on the events leading up to his defeat.
  2. In “Into the Storm”, Morgoth and Ungoliant, fleeing from Valinor after having destroyed the Two Trees, struggle for the possession of the Silmarils.
  3. “Lammoth” is the scream of Morgoth with which he fights off Ungoliant.
  4. In “Nightfall”, Fëanor and his seven sons mourn the destruction wrought by Morgoth, including the slaying of Finwë, Fëanor’s father, and swear to get revenge on him, in spite of the Valar’s disapproval.
  5. “The Minstrel” is most likely about Maglor, son of Fëanor, who composed the song “The Fall of the Noldor” based on the Kinslaying.
  6. In “The Curse of Fëanor”, Fëanor expresses his wrath and anger and relates the misdeeds he commits, especially the Kinslaying, in pursuit of Morgoth.
  7. In “Captured”, Morgoth addresses the captive Maedhros, Fëanor’s son, and chains him to the Thangorodrim mountains.
  8. In “Blood Tears”, Maedhros relates the horrors of his captivity and his deliverance by Fingon.
  9. “Mirror Mirror” recounts how Turgon, in view of inevitable defeat, builds the city of Gondolin, aided by Ulmo (“The Lord of Water”).
  10. In “Face the Truth”, Fingolfin reflects about the destiny of the Noldor.
  11. In “Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns)”, Fingolfin recounts his Noldor army’s passage from the icy waste of Helcaraxë and the prophecy by Mandos about the Noldor’s fate; he reflects on his own and his people’s guilt and foreshadows their ultimate defeat.
  12. “The Battle of Sudden Flame” refers to the battle in which Morgoth breaks the Siege of Angband using his Balrogs and dragons. The lyrics tell of how Barahir of the House of Bëor, with great loss to his own company, saved the life of the Elven king Finrod Felagund, and in return Finrod swore an oath of friendship to Barahir and all of his kin.
  13. “Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill)” is about Fingolfin riding to the gates of Angband to challenge Morgoth to a duel. Fingolfin wounds Morgoth seven times but is eventually killed.
  14. “The Dark Elf” refers to Eöl who seduced Turgon’s sister and fathered Maeglin, who would eventually betray Gondolin.
  15. In “Thorn”, Maeglin reflects on his situation and decides to betray Gondolin to Morgoth.
  16. “The Eldar” is Elven king Finrod Felagund’s farewell to his people, dying from wounds sustained by saving his human friend Beren from a werewolf, thereby fulfilling his oath to the House of Bëor.
  17. In “Nom the Wise”, Beren mourns his friend Finrod. Nóm means “wise” and was the name given to Finrod by Beren’s forefather Bëor.
  18. In “When Sorrow Sang”, Beren sings about his love to the Elven princess Lúthien and his death at the teeth of Morgoth’s wolf Carcharoth. Last part is about Mandos listening to Luthien song about their grief experienced by being different in kin.
  19. “Out on the Water” refers to the last dwelling-place of Beren and Lúthien.
  20. In “The Steadfast”, Morgoth curses his captive Húrin who steadfastly refused to reveal the secret of Gondolin.
  21. In “A Dark Passage”, Morgoth ponders his triumph in the fifth battle. The song also relates the origins of the kindred of men and Morgoth’s curse on Húrin to be witness to his children’s tragic fate.
  22. “Final Chapter (Thus ends …)” concludes the album, speaking of Morgoth’s victory by the “treachery of man” but also of the hope for a new day.
  23. “Harvest of Sorrow” is the bonustrack on the remastered version of the album. Túrin mourns the loss of his sister Niënor.

The cover art for the album features Lúthien dancing before Morgoth, from “The Tale of Beren and Lúthien”.

The Death of Argon

As we know, the Silmarillion and The History of Middle Earth are written from a historian’s perspective and often leaves out many details. So it has always been my belief that Argon didn’t die at the Battle of Lammoth, but was mortally wounded.

He was gravely wounded in the victory, but nevertheless survived and was taken with the host of Fingolfin to Mithrim. However, it soon became obvious that he was not, in fact, going to heal. 

So imagine, if you will, a broken Fingolfin, sitting at his son’s bedside. Imagine Argon laying, unconscious, his fever dreams broken only by bouts of pain-filled consciousness. Fingolfin, who loves his children more than life itself, holds Argon in his arms and offers him a drink laced with poison, knowing his son will never heal. Argon takes the drink and drifts off to sleep, and never wakes.

Nolofinwe, being the sweetheart he is, never tells his other children what he did.

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Trying my hand at some landscape sketches. Here’s Eglarest and Lammoth, from the Silmarillion.

Drawing this made me come up with all sorts of headcanons about Eglarest, since the story never goes there in any detail. In my version it’s a wooden cliffside settlement connected by a system of gangways and ladders, with fields and pastures on the clifftop. The main entrance is a long ramp through a cleft in the rock, whose upper end is guarded by a giant statue of Ulmo.