Places of Middle Earth #10: Carn Dûm
Carn Dûm was the capital of Angmar established in the west point of the Mountains of Angmar, near Mount Gundabad in the Misty Mountains. The Witch-King of Angmar founded Carn Dûm sometime around the year 1300 of the Third Age. He used it as the capital of his kingdom and was his base in the war against Arnor.
After conquering Rhudaur and Cardolan, the armies of Arthedain, with the help of the elves, managed to make the armies of Angmar withdraw to Carn Dûm. Arthedain fell in the Battle of Fornost in TA 1974, but the Witch-King was routed by Glorfindel, and in TA 1975 Angmar itself fell under an assault by the Dúnedain of Gondor, led by Eärnur, the survivors of Arnor, and the Elves of Lindon. Carn Dûm was utterly destroyed, although some orcs survived there until they were wiped out many years later by Aragorn II, King Elessar of the Reunited Kingdom.
Photo credit: [x]