Isengard is among fantasy castles which serve as a watch and defence fort. The fortress is also called Angrennost in Sindarin fictional language created by J.R.R Tolkien. It serves as the guarding base at the gap where Misty Mountains and the White Mountains nearly meet.
The one who controlled the Gap of Rohan, ruled the defences of the West. Isengard, located in this Gap, was therefore always a cause of tension between rival forces.
Under Gondorian rule, the fantasy castles reputation was mighty. Orthanc tower around which the castle was built could not be conquered or even breached for some time.
Isengard figures prominently in J.R.R Tolkien’s five famous novels. Its location in the laps of lavish greenery is a welcome change from other gloomy fantasy castles. This green environment is because of River Angren, which flows along the northern boundary.
Orthanc, a black and formidable tower, lies in the centre of Isengard. Ring of Isengard is a strong wall surrounding the fortress on three sides. The only exception allowed to pass through the fantasy castle’s compound is river Angren.
Powers of might, evil, cunning and the good tried to claim possession of Isengard. The fantasy castle’s location and fortification made it strategically important for rival camps. In fact even sections of the same camp violated mutual trust to gain foothold on it. The ultimate aim beyond all these activities was to get hold of the One Ring.
Isengard was second only to Barad-Dur in terms of defence capability. The central tower of Orthanc was attacked by Ents. The entire fortification around it crumbled. But the fantasy castle’s heart showed no signs of surrender!
The nature and face of Isengard changed briefly when Saruman, the wizard, constructed a dam across the river Angren. But the greenery was restored in the fantasy castle’s environs after he was defeated.
Under Sauron’s influence, Isengard became synonymous with death and destruction. The fort could have easily become fantasy castles of great honor. Unfortunately it was under the wrong influence.
After severe damage by Ents, Isengard rightfully came back to Aragorn. The fantasy castle’s true destiny lay under the able guidance of King Aragorn.
But Isengard definitely lived up to its reputation as the famed and unbreakable fantasy castles of fantasy literature.