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Black Pits

The Black Pits were dungeons of torment under Barad-dûr.[1] They were known to Shagrat who cursed "The Black Pits take that filthy rebel Gorbag!" after the two orc companies had had a disastrous fight in the Tower of Cirith Ungol.[2]

Shagrat also told his underling Snaga that they both would "be for the Black Pits" if the news of the happenings in the Tower would not get through to Sauron.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 603
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"