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'''Narchost''' was one of the two towers known as the [[Teeth of Mordor]],<ref>{{TT|IV3}}</ref> that stood on two hills either side of the [[Black Gate]] of the [[Morannon]], guarding the northwestern entrance into [[Mordor]].  Narchost and its companion [[Carchost]] were originally built by the [[Gondorians]], as a guard upon Mordor after [[Sauron]]'s first defeat.  As Gondor's strength waned, Narchost was abandoned and left to decay, until Sauron returned to his ancient land.  His forces took over both the old guard-towers and repaired them, so that at the time of the [[War of the Ring]], they formed part of Sauron's own defences.<ref name="Towers">{{RK|VI1}}</ref>
 
'''Narchost''' was one of the two towers known as the [[Teeth of Mordor]],<ref>{{TT|IV3}}</ref> that stood on two hills either side of the [[Black Gate]] of the [[Morannon]], guarding the northwestern entrance into [[Mordor]].  Narchost and its companion [[Carchost]] were originally built by the [[Gondorians]], as a guard upon Mordor after [[Sauron]]'s first defeat.  As Gondor's strength waned, Narchost was abandoned and left to decay, until Sauron returned to his ancient land.  His forces took over both the old guard-towers and repaired them, so that at the time of the [[War of the Ring]], they formed part of Sauron's own defences.<ref name="Towers">{{RK|VI1}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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In his unfinished index for the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien translated ''Narchost'' as "Bitter-biting Fort".<ref>{{HM|RC}}, p. 601</ref>
  
 
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Narchost was one of the two towers known as the Teeth of Mordor,[1] that stood on two hills either side of the Black Gate of the Morannon, guarding the northwestern entrance into Mordor. Narchost and its companion Carchost were originally built by the Gondorians, as a guard upon Mordor after Sauron's first defeat. As Gondor's strength waned, Narchost was abandoned and left to decay, until Sauron returned to his ancient land. His forces took over both the old guard-towers and repaired them, so that at the time of the War of the Ring, they formed part of Sauron's own defences.[2]

Etymology

In his unfinished index for the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien translated Narchost as "Bitter-biting Fort".[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Black Gate is Closed"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 601