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Goblin-gate

This article is about the eastern exit of Goblin-town also known as the "back-door". For the secret entrance to the Lonely Mountain, see Back Door.
Ted Nasmith - Goblin Gate
The Goblin-gate, also known as Back-door[1] by the Goblins, was a stone door serving as the lower eastern passage to the Goblin-town in the eastern side of the Misty Mountains.[2] It was located near the Eagle's Eyrie and west of the Carrock.[3]

The gate was built by the Orcs of the Misty Mountains "ages" ago both as a means of escape from their tunnels and as a way to access and harass the Wilderland. It was always guarded.[2]

Gandalf led Thorin and Company through that exit to escape the goblins. Bilbo Baggins also escaped from Gollum by squeezing through that stone door and losing his buttons.[4]

References

  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 29
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Map of Wilderland"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Riddles in the Dark"
Route of Thorin and Company
Bag End · Green Dragon · The Shire · Lone-lands · Last Bridge · Trollshaws · Troll's Cave · Rivendell · High Pass · Front Porch · Goblin-town · Goblin-gate · Eagle's Eyrie · Carrock · Beorn's Hall · Wilderland · Forest Gate · Elf-path · Mirkwood · Elvenking's Halls · Forest River · Lake-town · Long Lake · River Running · Desolation of the Dragon · Ravenhill · Back Door · Lonely Mountain · Great Hall of Thráin