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Carchost was the eastern[1] of the two towers that flanked the Black Gate of Mordor (otherwise known as the Morannon). Together, Carchost and its counterpart Narchost were known as the Towers of the Teeth[2] or even the Teeth of Mordor.[3] They were originally made by the men of Gondor but in the later Third Age they had been long abandoned by the Gondorians and were overrun with evil. Sauron used them as watch towers to guard Mordor, protecting it from the very nation which had originally built them.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name Carchost is translated as "fang fort".[1] It contains two Sindarin elements: carch, meaning "tooth, fang", and ost meaning "fortress".[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 601
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Black Gate is Closed"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", carak-