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Founded c. II 1000; under Gondorian control between II 3441 and c. III 1980; Sauron finally ejected in III 3019
Directly to the east of Gondor
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Dark Country

Frodo’s name for Mordor

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A rare name for the Black Land of Mordor, a term used in fact only by Frodo Baggins. It is effectively a loose translation of the name Mordor, in which the element mor means 'black' or 'dark', while dor relates to a land or country.

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