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Undergate

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The Undergate (also called the under-gate) was a gate with brazen doors that blocked the entrance from the underground side passage that was called the Under-way to the ground floor of the Tower of Cirith Ungol.[1][2]

When Frodo and Sam first encountered the Under-way they were in darkness and only perceived that the way was blocked. After Frodo had been stung by Shelob[3], orcs found Frodo and carried the unconscious Frodo through the Under-way and through the Undergate to the Tower of Cirith Ungol. Sam followed the orcs on the Under-way, but was unable to get through the locked Undergate and was forced to go back to the main tunnel in Shelob's Lair.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Choices of Master Samwise"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Shelob's Lair"