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'''Cirith Ungol''', pronounced ''Keereeth Oongoll'', the name is [[Sindarin]] for ''Spider's Cleft''; it is the pass through the western mountains of [[Mordor]] and the only way towards the land from the West.
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| inhabitants=[[Men]], [[Orcs]], [[Shelob]]
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'''Cirith Ungol''', also known as the '''Morgul Pass''', was the pass through the western mountains of [[Mordor]] and the only way towards the land from the west.
  
It was guarded by the Tower of Cirith Ungol, built by the Men of [[Gondor]] after the War of the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]] was fought.
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It was guarded by the '''[[Tower of Cirith Ungol]]''', built by the Men of [[Gondor]] after the War of the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]] was fought.  
  
Its principal purpose was to defend [[Ithilien]] from attacks from [[Sauron]]'s remaining servants. For that reason its two bastions were directed to the north- and southeast. It also served to stop Sauron's servants from returning to Mordor.
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During the [[War of the Ring]], [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] were led to this pass by [[Gollum]] to the lair of the giant spider [[Shelob]] who dwelt there.
  
Gondor occupied the fortress probably till T.A. 1636 when the Great Plague killed large parts of Gondor's population. After the Plague Gondor never again occupied Cirith Ungol and evil was allowed to return to Mordor.
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It is not known whether the pass and the tower were called Cirith Ungol when the Men of Gondor held it since Shelob could not have inhabited the cavernous entrance of the pass at that time.
The fortress was associated with the mountain fortress of [[Durthang]] in Northwestern Mordor, and the Towers of the Teeth at the [[Morannon]].
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==Etymology==
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''Cirith Ungol'' (pron. {{IPA|[ˈkiriθ ˈuŋɡol]}}) is a [[Sindarin]] name meaning "Spider's Cleft", composed of ''[[cirith]]'' and ''[[Spiders#Names|ungol]]''.
  
During the Quest of the Ring [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] were led to this pass by [[Gollum]] to the lair of the giant spider [[Shelob]] who dwelt there.
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==References==
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It is not known whether the pass and the tower were called Cirith Ungol when the Men of Gondor held it since [[Shelob]] couldn't have inhabited the cavernous entrance of the pass at that time.
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[[Category:Passes]]
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[[Category:Mordor]]
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[[Category:Sindarin locations]]
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Latest revision as of 17:03, 10 October 2012

The name Cirith Ungol refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Cirith Ungol (disambiguation).
Rob Alexander - Cirith Ungol.jpg
Cirith Ungol
Physical Description
TypePass
LocationEphel Dúath
RealmsGondor (? - T.A. 1636), Mordor (T.A. 1980 - 3019)
InhabitantsMen, Orcs, Shelob
DescriptionGuarded pass into Mordor
General Information
EventsQuest of the Ring

Cirith Ungol, also known as the Morgul Pass, was the pass through the western mountains of Mordor and the only way towards the land from the west.

It was guarded by the Tower of Cirith Ungol, built by the Men of Gondor after the War of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men was fought.

During the War of the Ring, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee were led to this pass by Gollum to the lair of the giant spider Shelob who dwelt there.

It is not known whether the pass and the tower were called Cirith Ungol when the Men of Gondor held it since Shelob could not have inhabited the cavernous entrance of the pass at that time.

[edit] Etymology

Cirith Ungol (pron. [ˈkiriθ ˈuŋɡol]) is a Sindarin name meaning "Spider's Cleft", composed of cirith and ungol.

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