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Built after the end of the War of the Last Alliance at the end of the Second Age
The crest of the Ephel Dúath, guarding the pass of Cirith Ungol
Originally a Gondorian guard-tower
Built by Men, but held by Orcs in the later Third Age
'Cirith Ungol' is pronounced 'ci'rith oo'ngol'
'Cirith Ungol' means 'Pass of the Spider'


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  • Updated 19 January 2008
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Tower of Cirith Ungol

A guard-tower of Mordor’s western borders

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Originally a watchtower of Gondor guarding the high pass over the Ephel Dúath, the Tower was captured by the forces of Sauron and held by Orcs in the later Third Age.

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