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House of Ransom

House of Ransom
Anke Eißmann - Ascent to Amon Rûdh.jpg
"Ascent to Amon Rûdh" by Anke Eißmann
General Information
Other namesBar-en-Danwedh (S)
LocationAmon Rûdh, Talath Dirnen
People and History
InhabitantsMîm and his sons, Gaurwaith
DestroyedF.A. 489
Sack of Bar-en-Danwedh

The House of Ransom was the secret home of the Gaurwaith when they controlled Dor-Cúarthol. It consisted in an underground complex inside the hill of Amon Rûdh.

[edit] History

The place was originally a collony of Petty-dwarves, and it was known as Bar-en-Nibin-noeg, the "House of the Petty-dwarves". As the First Age wore on, these people dwindled, until at last only three survived: Mîm and his two sons Khîm and Ibun. To their misfortune, the Petty-dwarves encountered Túrin at the time he led a desperate band of outlaws. Mîm's sons fled, but Mîm himself was caught, and agreed to house the outlaws in exchange of his own life. So the Dwarf-delvings of Amon Rûdh became known as Bar-en-Danwedh, meaning 'House of Ransom'. The ransom, in fact, was a double one: when they returned to Amon Rûdh, it was learned that Khîm had been shot by an arrow as he fled, and was dead. In recompense, Túrin promised to pay Mîm a ransom of his own, if ever he was able.

Túrin and the outlaws stayed for more than a year in Bar-en-Danwedh, where they were joined by Beleg Strongbow out of Doriath. They defended the lands around against Morgoth's forces, and became so famous in that region that they gained a following, with Túrin and Beleg coming to be known as the Two Captains of Dor-Cúarthol. In the end, though, disaster struck: Mîm betrayed them to the Orcs, who slew the outlaws and captured Túrin in a net. Beleg survived, and Mîm fled from him, never to return to his old House of Ransom on Amon Rûdh.[1][2]

[edit] Other names

Another name of the house was Echad i Sedryn (Sindarin, "Camp of the Faithful"). The "faithful" referred to Túrin Turambar and his companions, after they had taken refuge there.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Of Mîm the Dwarf"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Land of Bow and Helm", p. 144