The Cross-roads were the point in the land of Ithilien were the road running northward from the Harad was crossed by the east-west road from Osgiliath to Minas Ithil (later Minas Morgul). 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, 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 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.