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Straight Stair

The lower of the Stairs of Cirith Ungol

One of two stairs cut into the Ephel Dúath that led away from the main road through the Morgul Valley and up towards the Tower of Cirith Ungol. The Straight Stair was the lower of the two, leading steeply from the city of Minas Morgul through a narrow cutting in the mountainside. At its upper end was a long rising passage, which led on to the second of the two Stairs of Cirith Ungol, known as the Winding Stair.

The origins of the Stairs are not known, but by the end of the Third Age, they had long fallen out of repair. It was by this treacherous route that Gollum chose to lead Frodo and Sam up into the mountains and towards Shelob's Lair.

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