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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).[1] 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.[2]


  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"