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The '''Cross-roads''' where the point in the land of [[Ithilien]] were the road running northward from the [[Harad]] ([[Harad Road]]) was crossed by the east-west road from [[Osgiliath]] to [[Minas Ithil]] (later [[Minas Morgul]]).<ref>{{RK|Map}}</ref>  Although originally built and maintained by the [[Men]] of [[Gondor]], the Cross-roads had effectively fallen under the control of [[Sauron]] at the time of the [[War of the Ring]].  When [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], and [[Gollum]] came to the Cross-roads they were in a belt of trees of vast size.  Next to the road leading to [[Osgiliath]] was a statue of a king which had been befouled by the [[Orcs]].  The head had been knocked off but seeing it gave Frodo hope, for the head was crowned with flowers.<ref>{{TT|IV7}}</ref>
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The '''Cross-roads of the Fallen King''' where the point in the land of [[Ithilien]] were the road running northward from the [[Harad]] ([[Harad Road]]) was crossed by the east-west road from [[Osgiliath]] to [[Minas Ithil]] (later [[Minas Morgul]]).<ref>{{RK|Map}}</ref>   
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==History==
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Originally maintained by the [[Men of Gondor]], who grew tall trees and built a statue of a [[Kings of Gondor|king]], the Cross-roads had effectively fallen under the control of [[Sauron]] at the time of the [[War of the Ring]].   
  
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When [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]], [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], and [[Gollum]] came to the Cross-roads they were in a belt of trees of vast size.  Next to the road leading to [[Osgiliath]] they found the statue befouled by the [[Orcs]].  The head had been knocked off and replaced by a stone effigy, but seeing it gave Frodo hope, for the head was crowned with flowers.<ref>{{TT|IV7}}</ref>
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Sometime later, the [[Army of the West]] passed by the Cross-roads. [[Aragorn]] ordered a fanfare of trumpeteers and reclaimed the lands. Soldiers broke the restored the statue and washed the scrawls. While there [[Imrahil]] proposed to move against [[Minas Morgul]] to which [[Gandalf]] objected.
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Before leaving, they also stationed a strong force of archers there, to guard against any attack from the East or South.<ref>{{RK|V10}}</ref>
 
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Ted Nasmith - At the Cross-roads

The Cross-roads of the Fallen King where the point in the land of Ithilien were the road running northward from the Harad (Harad Road) was crossed by the east-west road from Osgiliath to Minas Ithil (later Minas Morgul).[1]

History

Originally maintained by the Men of Gondor, who grew tall trees and built a statue of a king, the Cross-roads had effectively fallen under the control of Sauron at the time of the War of the Ring.

When Frodo, Sam, and Gollum came to the Cross-roads they were in a belt of trees of vast size. Next to the road leading to Osgiliath they found the statue befouled by the Orcs. The head had been knocked off and replaced by a stone effigy, but seeing it gave Frodo hope, for the head was crowned with flowers.[2]

Sometime later, the Army of the West passed by the Cross-roads. Aragorn ordered a fanfare of trumpeteers and reclaimed the lands. Soldiers broke the restored the statue and washed the scrawls. While there Imrahil proposed to move against Minas Morgul to which Gandalf objected.

Before leaving, they also stationed a strong force of archers there, to guard against any attack from the East or South.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Journey to the Cross-Roads"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Black Gate Opens"