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Stairs of Cirith Ungol

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The '''Stairs of Cirith Ungol''' were a pair of steep stairs cut into the [[Ephel Dúath|Mountains of Shadow]] on the borders of [[Mordor]]. They led upward and away from [[Minas Morgul]], the city that guarded the main pass through the mountains, to reach a higher and lesser pass guarded by the [[Tower of Cirith Ungol]]. The first of the stairs was the steepest, the [[Straight Stair]], which led up to a narrow passage that seemed to go on for miles. After that came the second set of stairs, the [[Winding Stair]], which led up to Cirith Ungol itself.<ref>{{TT|IV8}}</ref>  
 
The '''Stairs of Cirith Ungol''' were a pair of steep stairs cut into the [[Ephel Dúath|Mountains of Shadow]] on the borders of [[Mordor]]. They led upward and away from [[Minas Morgul]], the city that guarded the main pass through the mountains, to reach a higher and lesser pass guarded by the [[Tower of Cirith Ungol]]. The first of the stairs was the steepest, the [[Straight Stair]], which led up to a narrow passage that seemed to go on for miles. After that came the second set of stairs, the [[Winding Stair]], which led up to Cirith Ungol itself.<ref>{{TT|IV8}}</ref>  
  
We're never told for sure who made the Stairs: they may have been originally carved by [[Sauron]]'s servants, or perhaps later by the [[Gondorians]] at the same time as they raised the Tower to guard the pass. Whatever their origin, they were no secret to the [[Orcs]] that inhabited the Tower in the later [[Third Age]], though [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] were still able to use them to find a dangerous way into the [[Dark Land]].
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We're never told for sure who made the Stairs: they may have been originally carved by [[Sauron]]'s servants, or perhaps later by the [[Gondorians]] at the same time as they raised the Tower to guard the pass. Whatever their origin, they were no secret to the [[Orcs]] that inhabited the Tower in the later [[Third Age]], though [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] were still able to use them to find a dangerous way into the [[Black Land]].
 
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The name Cirith Ungol refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Cirith Ungol (disambiguation).
Image of the Stairs of Cirith Ungol by Robert Goldsmith.

The Stairs of Cirith Ungol were a pair of steep stairs cut into the Mountains of Shadow on the borders of Mordor. They led upward and away from Minas Morgul, the city that guarded the main pass through the mountains, to reach a higher and lesser pass guarded by the Tower of Cirith Ungol. The first of the stairs was the steepest, the Straight Stair, which led up to a narrow passage that seemed to go on for miles. After that came the second set of stairs, the Winding Stair, which led up to Cirith Ungol itself.[1]

We're never told for sure who made the Stairs: they may have been originally carved by Sauron's servants, or perhaps later by the Gondorians at the same time as they raised the Tower to guard the pass. Whatever their origin, they were no secret to the Orcs that inhabited the Tower in the later Third Age, though Frodo and Sam were still able to use them to find a dangerous way into the Black Land.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol"