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Destroyed at the end of the First Age
ki'rith tho'ronath
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Cirith Thoronath

The Eagles’ Cleft

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A narrow and treacherous pass that led through the Encircling Mountains to the north of Gondolin. A narrow path led through the pass along a dangerous ledge, with a deep chasm on its western side and a sheer cliff face to the east. It was through this pass that the Exiles of Gondolin fled from the fall of their city, but found themselves confronted by a force of Morgoth's creatures, including a Balrog. Glorfindel fought with the Balrog, and both fell into the depths and were destroyed. Meanwhile Thorondor and his Eagles drove off the Orcs, allowing the remaining Exiles - including the young Eärendil - to make their escape.

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