Silent Watchers

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This article is about the Watchers in Minas Morgul. For the the Watchers at Cirith Ungol, see Two Watchers.

The Silent Watchers were sentinels in Minas Morgul with the ability to notice movement on the road that led to and passed by the gate of Minas Morgul.


Gollum told Frodo and Sam that the Silent Watchers, things inside Minas Morgul knew of movement on the road that climbed under the shadow of the walls of Minas Morgul and passed the gate of Minas Morgul.[1]

On 13 March T.A. 3019,[2] Gorbag, the leader of the Orcs from Minas Morgul, told Shagrat, the leader of the Orcs from the Tower of Cirith Ungol, that "our" Silent Watchers had been uneasy more than two days ago.[3] This corresponds with 10 March T.A. 3019,[4] when Frodo, Sam and Gollum left the road that led to Minas Morgul before the bridge over the river Morgulduin to climb the Stairs of Cirith Ungol.[5]