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Location
Forming the western and southern borders of Mordor
Race
Primarily occupied by Orcs, though guarded by Men for much of the earlier Third Age
Settlements
Source
The rivers Harnen and Poros, and the stream known as the Morgulduin, all had their sources in these mountains, as well as three other unnamed streams and rivers
Passes
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Mountains of Shadow

The western border of Mordor

Map of the Mountains of Shadow

A range of mountains that ran north to south between Ithilien and Mordor, and formed the western border of Sauron's Dark Land. Also known by the Elvish name of Ephel Dúath, their main pass was through the valley of Imlad Morgul, guarded (at the time of the War of the Ring) by the tower of Minas Morgul. In their northern parts, the mountains had a series of ridges and hills on their eastern side, known as the Morgai.

The Mountains of Shadow on the borders of Mordor are not to be confused with the Ered Wethrin that bordered the land of Hithlum, north of Beleriand, and whose name is also translated into English as 'Mountains of Shadow'.


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