Dark Door

From Tolkien Gateway
Dark Door
"The Door of the Dead" by Anke Eißmann
General Information
Other namesGate of the Dead Men
Gate of the Dead
Forbidden Door
LocationBeginning of the Paths of the Dead, end of the Dimholt, foot of Dwimorberg; beyond Dwimorberg glen
DescriptionHollow opening, carved into the cliff, with a standing stone in the centre
EventsPassage of Baldor and Aragorn II

...And so they came at last deep into the glen; and there stood a sheer wall of rock, and in the wall the Dark Door gaped before them like the mouth of night. Signs and figures were carved above its wide arch too dim to read, and fear flowed from it like a grey vapour [...] 'This is an evil door,' said Halbarad, 'and my death lies beyond it [...]' It seemed to [Gimli] that he dragged his feet like lead over the threshold; and at once a blindness came upon him...

The Dark Door, also called the Gate of the Dead Men[1] and the Gate of the Dead,[2] was the entrance to the Paths of the Dead beneath the White Mountains. Through this entrance in T.A. 2570 Baldor son of Brego passed never to return.[3] On 8 March 3019 through the door Aragorn and his companions passed during the War of the Ring to stir the Army of the Dead.[4]