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A hidden way into the Tower of Cirith Ungol

Beneath the Tower of Cirith Ungol, an underground passage known as the Under-way led out to nearby Torech Ungol, Shelob's Lair. At the end of this passage, to protect themselves from the monstrous spider, the Orcs constructed a gateway consisting of a huge stone slab. This was the Undergate, the doorway through which the Orcs could make their way secretly into Shelob's Lair. It was through this gate that Frodo was carried after being poisoned by Shelob as he made his way into Mordor.

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