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Battle of Cirith Ungol

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| conflict=Gorbag attempted to take [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]]'s [[Mithril Shirt]]
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| conflict=Gorbag attempted to take [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]]'s mithril corslet
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| date=May 14, [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]]
 
| place=[[Tower of Cirith Ungol]]
 
| place=[[Tower of Cirith Ungol]]
| result=All the orcs died
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| result=Tower emptied, [[Frodo Baggins]] liberated
| side1=Orcs of [[Cirith Ungol]]
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| side1=Orcs of [[Tower of Cirith Ungol|Cirith Ungol]]
 
| side2=Orcs of [[Minas Morgul]]
 
| side2=Orcs of [[Minas Morgul]]
 
| commanders1=[[Shagrat]]
 
| commanders1=[[Shagrat]]
 
| commanders2=[[Gorbag]]
 
| commanders2=[[Gorbag]]
| forces1=Orcs
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| forces1=*[[Lagduf]]
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* [[Muzgash]]
| casual1=All Orcs
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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]]
 
| casual2=All Orcs
 
| casual2=All Orcs
 
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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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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 it. Then 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 March 10, [[Frodo Baggins]] and his servant [[Samwise Gamgee]], passed [[Minas Morgul]]. This was noticed by the Watchers, but a patrol led by [[Gorbag]] wasn't sent out until the 11th or 12th. On the 13th, 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 Baggins]], who had been paralyzed by [[Shelob]]. Allthough 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-gate, which led them into [[Torech Ungol|Shelob's Lair]] for a short time.
  
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 is stored in the top of the turret, as Shagrat does 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 managed to put him down. Gorbag's troops reached the gate first, and shot [[Lagduf]] and [[Muzgash]], along with all of the others. For an unknown reason, Shagrat killed [[Lagduf]] by pressing his eyes in, and threatened to do the same to [[Snaga]] if he continues to flout him. Snaga did, and Shagrat chased him. Snaga was saved when Shagrat realizes Gorbag is not dead. As Shagrat chokes Gorbag, Snaga goes to the top of the turret to whip the prisoner.
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==Consequences==
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Directly in the wake of the battle, the [[Samwise Gamgee|great Elf-warrior]] stormed in and killed Snaga. He rescuedd Frodo, and they were able to continue their mission to [[Mount Doom]].
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News of the capture does not reach [[Barad-dûr]] until the 15th of March. Unfortunately for Shagrat, so does the news of the escape. On the 17th of March, as he brings the tokens to [[Sauron]], Shagrat is slain in anger. 
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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In [[Peter Jackson's 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 [[Hamfast Gamgee|Gaffer]]". In the Extended edition, a short shot of Shagrat escaping with the mithril shirt is added.
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==References==
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* [[The Two Towers]], [[the Choices of Master Samwise]]
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* [[The Return of the King]], [[The Tower of Cirith Ungol]]
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* [[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]], p. 499, p. 608
  
 
[[Category:Conflicts of the Third Age]]
 
[[Category:Conflicts of the Third Age]]

Revision as of 10:30, 9 February 2008

Battle of Cirith Ungol
Conflict: Gorbag attempted to take Frodo's mithril corslet
Date: May 14, 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 March 10, Frodo Baggins and his servant Samwise Gamgee, passed Minas Morgul. This was noticed by the Watchers, but a patrol led by Gorbag wasn't sent out until the 11th or 12th. On the 13th, 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 Baggins, who had been paralyzed by Shelob. Allthough 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-gate, which led them into Shelob's Lair for a short time.

Battle

Frodo is stored in the top of the turret, as Shagrat does 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 managed to put him down. Gorbag's troops reached the gate first, and shot Lagduf and Muzgash, along with all of the others. For an unknown reason, Shagrat killed Lagduf by pressing his eyes in, and threatened to do the same to Snaga if he continues to flout him. Snaga did, and Shagrat chased him. Snaga was saved when Shagrat realizes Gorbag is not dead. As Shagrat chokes Gorbag, Snaga goes to the top of the turret to whip the prisoner.

Consequences

Directly in the wake of the battle, the great Elf-warrior stormed in and killed Snaga. He rescuedd Frodo, and they were able to continue their mission to Mount Doom. News of the capture does not reach Barad-dûr until the 15th of March. Unfortunately for Shagrat, so does the news of the escape. On the 17th of March, as he brings the tokens to Sauron, Shagrat is slain in anger.

Portrayal in adaptations

In Peter Jackson's 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