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According to this, south Mirkwood were inhabited by elves in the past. That is highly possible that they settled around Amon Lanc, as it is said on many websites but I don't know if it is clearly mentionned by Tolkien or his son. In my mind, the elves built their capital around Amon Lanc. Indeed, Amon lanc means "Bald hill" and silvan elves wouldn't settled in a place without trees. They could have digged tunnels and halls under the Hill, like Thranduil's caverns but even this one is described as "wooded hill".Thranduil's realm strechted in the wood around the Lonely Mountain, which covered the western side of Long Lake, before the coming of dwarves and raids of dragons. This elven people emigrated from the South, where they were parent and neighbour of Lòrien elves ; but they have stayed in Greenwood the Great, at the east of Anduin.
So it seems they had a capital of some sort around the hill, but Sauron's servants built Dol Guldur.Long before the War of the Alliance, Oropher, King of the Silvan Elves east of Anduin, being disturbed by rumours of the rising power of Sauron, had left their ancient dwellings about Amon Lanc, across the river from their kin in Lórien.
... as Radagast or Gandalf picked their way through the trees and thorns they would suddenly realize they had in fact entered the castle, but everything was so overgrown that the architecture wasn't immediately apparent.
very strong directionality. All lines run toward the central castle...
The fortress itself and the hill has, to a large extend fallen away. It was so riddled with dungeons and underground passages ... like a termite nest that has broken open on one side...
He probably wasn't known. The Gondorians weren't exactly Lore Masters, especially not at the time of the war of the ring. However they probably used the same name Sauron did, so Melkor. Due to the history with Sauron in Numenor.I wonder how Melkor was called in Gondor. Would they use the sindarin name or they have their own ?
Didn't all of the people of Middle-Earth also potentially forget Melkor after he was decapitated and imprisoned within the Void because of all of the evil he had done?He probably wasn't known. The Gondorians weren't exactly Lore Masters, especially not at the time of the war of the ring. However they probably used the same name Sauron did, so Melkor. Due to the history with Sauron in Numenor.