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The '''Battle of Cirith Ungol''' was a fought between the Orc-garrison of [[Cirith Ungol]], and a company of orcs from [[Minas Morgul]].
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| name=Battle of Cirith Ungol
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| conflict=[[War of the Ring]]
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| date=[[14 March]] {{TA|3019}}
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| place=[[Tower of Cirith Ungol]]
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| result=Tower emptied, [[Frodo Baggins]] liberated
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| side1=Orcs of [[Tower of Cirith Ungol|Cirith Ungol]]
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| side2=Orcs of [[Minas Morgul]]
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| commanders1=[[Shagrat]]
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| commanders2=[[Gorbag]]
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| forces1=*[[Lagduf]]
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* [[Muzgash]]
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* [[Radbug]]
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* [[Snaga]]
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*Company of [[Orcs]]
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| forces2=* More than 80 Orcs, including an unknown number of bowmen
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| casual1=All Orcs save Shagrat and [[Snaga]]
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The '''Battle of Cirith Ungol''' was a battle fought between the Orc-garrison of [[Cirith Ungol]], and a company of [[Orcs]] of [[Minas Morgul]].
  
When [[Frodo Baggins]] was found unconscious on the [[Pass of Cirith Ungol] by a small company of Orcs from Cirith Ungol and a large company of orcs from Minas Morgul.  The Orcs took him to the tower to be questioned.  And when they stripped him of is clothing, they found the [[Mithril Shirt]], which [[Gorbag]] the leader of the Morgul-orc company, coveted itThen Gorbag stabbed [[Shagrat]] the commander of the tower, in the arm, which lead to a battle between the two companies that didn't end till nearly all of the Orcs were dead.
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==Cause==
[[Samwise Gamgee]] arrived near the end of the battle to rescue Frodo, and killed an Orc named [[Snaga]] who was whipping his master.
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On [[10 March]], [[Frodo Baggins]] and his servant [[Samwise Gamgee]], passed [[Minas Morgul]].<ref name="Great">{{App|Great}}</ref> This was noticed by the [[Silent Watchers]], but a patrol led by [[Gorbag]] was not sent out until the 11th or 12thOn the 13th, a message also reached the [[Tower of Cirith Ungol]], and [[Shagrat]], commander of the Tower and the [[Cirith Ungol|Pass]], set out. About an hour later, they met Gorbag's company, and quarreled shortly. It was then that they found the body of Frodo, who had been paralyzed by [[Shelob]]. Although they realized there had to be more than one intruder (described by the Orcs as a "great Elf-warrior"), they took Frodo to the tower via the [[Under-way]], which led them into [[Shelob's Lair]] for a short time.<ref>{{TT|IV10}}</ref>
  
They eventually escaped the tower and made their way to [[Mount Doom]], while Shagrat one of the last remaining Orcs in the tower, fled to [[Barad-dûr]] where he gave [[Sauron]] the Mithril shirt.
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==Battle==
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Frodo was stored in the top of the turret, as Shagrat did not trust all his troops, and none of Gorbag's.  When the prisoner was stripped and searched, Shagrat and Gorbag fought over possession of the artifacts: a [[Mithril]] shirt, an [[Galadhrim|Elvish]] cape, and a [[Barrow-blade]]. Especially the mithril shirt was wanted by Gorbag. A fight ensued, which soon involved all present in the Tower. Shagrat was stabbed by Gorbag, but Shagrat managed to slay the other orc. Gorbag's troops reached the gate first, and shot [[Lagduf]] and [[Muzgash]], along with all of the others. For an unknown reason, Shagrat killed [[Radbug]] by pressing his eyes in, and threatened to do the same to [[Snaga]] if he continued to flout him. Snaga did, and Shagrat chased him. Snaga was saved when Shagrat realized Gorbag was not dead. As Shagrat choked Gorbag, Snaga went to the top of the turret.<ref name="Tower">{{RK|VI1}}</ref>
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==Consequences==
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Directly in the wake of the battle, Sam passed the Silent Watchers and found most of the Orcs dead.  Sam met Snaga upon the stairs, causing the Orc to flee upwards.  After Shagrat had killed Gorbag he ran down the stairs with a bundle of Frodo's possessions.  Encountering Sam, Shagrat fended off the hobbit and continued on his way out of the Tower.  In the meantime, Sam ascended the Tower and killed Snaga when he whipped Frodo.  After Sam had rescued Frodo the two hobbits were able to continue their mission to [[Mount Doom]].<ref name="Tower"/>
  
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News of the capture did not reach [[Barad-dûr]] until the [[15 March]]. Unfortunately for Shagrat, so did news of the escape. On [[17 March]], upon bringing the tokens to [[Sauron]],<ref name="Great"/> Shagrat was slain in anger. 
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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In [[The Return of the King (1980 film)]], the tower's name is incorrectly referred to as "Sirith Ungol". [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] battles the tower's heavy gates. In front of the door, he miraculously finds both the [[The One Ring|Ring]], the elven cloak and [[Sting]]; the movie does not depict [[Shelob]] or Frodo's capture. Sam enters through [[Shelob's Lair]]. The Battle is only depicted as two Orcs fighting (one with a morning star,  the other with a scimitar), until the Ring urges Sam to go on without Frodo. When Sam comes back (because of simple "Hobbit sense"), he walks past the Watchers with the [[Phial of Galadriel]]. Passing the Watchers sets of an alarm, but few are left to attack the "Great Elf-warrior". Stangely, one remaining Orc on the steps knows what a Hobbit is. After slaying the very last Orc - who is flogging Frodo - Sam rescues Frodo.
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In [[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]], the book is followed almost to the letter; Gorbag and Shagrat fight, and take the whole tower with them. When Sam arrives, only three orcs are left alive, and Sam kills them "for Frodo", "for [[the Shire]]" and "for my old [[Gaffer Gamgee|Gaffer]]". In the Extended edition, a short shot of Shagrat escaping with the mithril shirt is added.
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Revision as of 05:59, 25 November 2012

The name Cirith Ungol refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Cirith Ungol (disambiguation).
Battle of Cirith Ungol
Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: 14 March T.A. 3019
Place: Tower of Cirith Ungol
Outcome: Tower emptied, Frodo Baggins liberated
Combatants

Orcs of Cirith Ungol

Orcs of Minas Morgul

Commanders

Shagrat

Gorbag

Strength
  • More than 80 Orcs, including an unknown number of bowmen
Casualties

All Orcs save Shagrat and Snaga

All Orcs

The Battle of Cirith Ungol was a battle fought between the Orc-garrison of Cirith Ungol, and a company of Orcs of Minas Morgul.

Contents

Cause

On 10 March, Frodo Baggins and his servant Samwise Gamgee, passed Minas Morgul.[1] This was noticed by the Silent Watchers, but a patrol led by Gorbag was not sent out until the 11th or 12th. On the 13th, a message also reached the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and Shagrat, commander of the Tower and the Pass, set out. About an hour later, they met Gorbag's company, and quarreled shortly. It was then that they found the body of Frodo, who had been paralyzed by Shelob. Although they realized there had to be more than one intruder (described by the Orcs as a "great Elf-warrior"), they took Frodo to the tower via the Under-way, which led them into Shelob's Lair for a short time.[2]

Battle

Frodo was stored in the top of the turret, as Shagrat did not trust all his troops, and none of Gorbag's. When the prisoner was stripped and searched, Shagrat and Gorbag fought over possession of the artifacts: a Mithril shirt, an Elvish cape, and a Barrow-blade. Especially the mithril shirt was wanted by Gorbag. A fight ensued, which soon involved all present in the Tower. Shagrat was stabbed by Gorbag, but Shagrat managed to slay the other orc. Gorbag's troops reached the gate first, and shot Lagduf and Muzgash, along with all of the others. For an unknown reason, Shagrat killed Radbug by pressing his eyes in, and threatened to do the same to Snaga if he continued to flout him. Snaga did, and Shagrat chased him. Snaga was saved when Shagrat realized Gorbag was not dead. As Shagrat choked Gorbag, Snaga went to the top of the turret.[3]

Consequences

Directly in the wake of the battle, Sam passed the Silent Watchers and found most of the Orcs dead. Sam met Snaga upon the stairs, causing the Orc to flee upwards. After Shagrat had killed Gorbag he ran down the stairs with a bundle of Frodo's possessions. Encountering Sam, Shagrat fended off the hobbit and continued on his way out of the Tower. In the meantime, Sam ascended the Tower and killed Snaga when he whipped Frodo. After Sam had rescued Frodo the two hobbits were able to continue their mission to Mount Doom.[3]

News of the capture did not reach Barad-dûr until the 15 March. Unfortunately for Shagrat, so did news of the escape. On 17 March, upon bringing the tokens to Sauron,[1] Shagrat was slain in anger.

Portrayal in adaptations

In The Return of the King (1980 film), the tower's name is incorrectly referred to as "Sirith Ungol". Sam battles the tower's heavy gates. In front of the door, he miraculously finds both the Ring, the elven cloak and Sting; the movie does not depict Shelob or Frodo's capture. Sam enters through Shelob's Lair. The Battle is only depicted as two Orcs fighting (one with a morning star, the other with a scimitar), until the Ring urges Sam to go on without Frodo. When Sam comes back (because of simple "Hobbit sense"), he walks past the Watchers with the Phial of Galadriel. Passing the Watchers sets of an alarm, but few are left to attack the "Great Elf-warrior". Stangely, one remaining Orc on the steps knows what a Hobbit is. After slaying the very last Orc - who is flogging Frodo - Sam rescues Frodo.

In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the book is followed almost to the letter; Gorbag and Shagrat fight, and take the whole tower with them. When Sam arrives, only three orcs are left alive, and Sam kills them "for Frodo", "for the Shire" and "for my old Gaffer". In the Extended edition, a short shot of Shagrat escaping with the mithril shirt is added.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Choices of Master Samwise"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"