The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 8 August 2020
  • Updates planned: 2

Valley of the Wraiths

The vale behind Minas Morgul

A deep valley in the Ephel Dúath, the mountains that guarded Mordor's western flank, that provided the main route through those mountains. It was known in Elvish as Imlad Morgul, taking its name from the tower of Minas Morgul that stood at its western mouth. Originally Minas Ithil, the city of Isildur in Ithilien, this tower had been captured by the Ringwraiths in III 2002, and was held by them until the end of the Third Age.

After the capture of Minas Morgul by the Ringwraiths, the vale became known as the Valley of the Wraiths, a dark and dangerous pass used only by the servants of Sauron. Out of it flowed a polluted stream, Morgulduin, that ran down past Minas Morgul to empty into Anduin below the ruins of Osgiliath. High above the Valley on its northern side, a steep and perilous second pass led high over the mountains, a pass known as Cirith Ungol.


Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 8 August 2020
  • Updates planned: 2

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2020. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

Website services kindly sponsored by Discus from Axiom Software Ltd.
Discus includes a huge range of team assessment features, including leadership and team roles.
The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Menu
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry