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An underground entrance to the Tower of Cirith Ungol

A hidden passage that ran beneath the Tower of Cirith Ungol in the Ephel Dúath on the western borders of Mordor. It led down under the tower and issued into the twisted tunnels of Shelob's Lair. Given the danger from Shelob herself, the Orcs of the Tower had secured the entrance to the Under-way with a huge stone slab, and it was through this Undergate that they passed with Frodo's poisoned form on 13 March III 3019, leaving Sam Gamgee locked out by the great stone that they used to guard the way.

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