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Desolation of the Morannon

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The Desolation of the Morannon was the dead land that lay just before walls of Mordor south of the Dagorlad. It was a place of horror for absolutely nothing grew in the polluted soil. Pools of water were choked with ash and muds, mounds of crushed and powered rock abounded, and cones of earth fire-blasted and stained with poison rose as if they were part of a graveyard. The terrible barrenness of the landscape was due to the labours of Sauron's slaves, who had so defiled the land that it was diseased beyond repair.[1]

Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, reached the Desolation of the Morannon on 4 March T.A. 3019.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Passage of the Marshes"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"