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Cirith Gorgor

". . .[ Ephel Dúath and Ered Lithui] swung out long arms northward; and between these arms there was a deep defile. This was Cirith Gorgor, the Haunted Pass, the entrance to the land of the Enemy. High cliffs lowered upon either side. . ."
The Two Towers, "The Black Gate is Closed"
Cirith Gorgor
Pass
Ted Nasmith - Cirith Gorgor.jpg
"Cirith Gorgor" by Ted Nasmith
General Information
Pronunciationkear-ith gor-gor
Other namesHaunted Pass
LocationNorth-west end of Udûn, Mordor
TypePass
DescriptionEvil, dark pass guarded by the Black Gate
People and History
InhabitantsOrcs
EventsBattle of the Morannon
GalleryImages of Cirith Gorgor

Cirith Gorgor was the point where the mountain ranges of the Ered Lithui and the Ephel Dúath met, to the north-west of Udûn and Mordor. It was sealed by the Morannon (Black Gate) and guarded by the two Towers of the Teeth, Carchost and Narchost.[1]

It was also called the Haunted Pass of Cirith Gorgor, because of the evil that lurked there.

[edit] Etymology

Cirith Gorgor is Sindarin from cirith "pass" and gorgor "extreme horror".

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Black Gate is Closed"