The Black Gate is Closed (scene)

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The Black Gate is Closed
Scene from
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - The Black Gate of Mordor.jpg
Scene number15 (theatrical)
18 (extended)
Duration 05:17 (theatrical)
05:17 (extended)
Event Frodo and Sam reach the Black Gate
Gollum convinces Frodo and Sam to take a more secret path into Mordor
Characters Frodo, Sam, Gollum
The Heir of Númenor
Ent Draft

The Black Gate is Closed (scene) is the fourteenth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the eighteenth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (extended edition).


Frodo and Sam climb a rocky cliff face until they are overlooking the Black Gate. Gollum is uneasy and Frodo resolves to enter. They see a legion of Easterlings marching towards the Black Gate, which is opened by trolls. Sam edges on to a rock for a better view but it crumbles down the hillside, causing him to fall. Two Easterlings see some commotion on the hillside and move to investigate. Frodo reaches Sam who is stuck; he covers both of them with his Elven cloak, causing them to appear as a large rock. The Easterlings, unwittingly standing over the hobbits, see nothing odd and return to the army marching into Mordor.

As the last Easterlings enter the Black Gate, Frodo makes to run into Mordor before the Gate can close, but Gollum stops him.

No! No! No master! They catch you! They catch you! Don’t take it to him. He wants the precious. Always he is looking for it. And the precious is wanting to go back to him.

Frodo tries to go to the Gate again, but again Gollum stops him, however this time, he tells Frodo that there is another way into Mordor — a darker and more secret way. Frodo asks him if there really is another way into Mordor.

Yes. There’s a path...and some stairs...and then...a tunnel.

At this, Frodo decides to go by Gollum's alternative path, even though Sam is strongly opposed to it. The scene ends with the Black Gate closing.