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Encyclopedia > Cirith Ungol
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Cirith Ungol is a fictional location in J. R. R. Tolkien's universe of Middle-earth. Pronounced Keereeth Oongoll, the name is Sindarin for Spider's Cleft; it is the pass through the western mountains of Mordor and the only way towards the land from the West.


It was guarded by the Tower of Cirith Ungol, built by the Men of Gondor after the War of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men was fought.


Its principal purpose was to defend Ithilien from attacks from Sauron's remaining servants. For that reason its two bastions were directed to the north- and southeast. It also served to stop Sauron's servants from returning to Mordor.


Gondor occupied the fortress probably till T.A. 1636 when the Great Plague killed large parts of Gondor's population. After the Plague Gondor never again occupied Cirith Ungol and evil was allowed to return to Mordor. The fortress was associated with the mountain fortress of Durthang in Northwestern Mordor, and the Towers of the Teeth at the Morannon.


During the Quest of the Ring Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee were led to this pass by Gollum to the lair of the giant spider Shelob who dwelt there.


It is not known whether the pass and the tower were called Cirith Ungol when the Men of Gondor held it since Shelob couldn't have inhabited the cavernous entrance of the pass at that time.




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Cirith Ungol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (250 words)
It was guarded by the Tower of Cirith Ungol, built by the Men of Gondor after the War of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men was fought.
The fortress was associated with the mountain fortress of Durthang in Northwestern Mordor, and the Towers of the Teeth at the Morannon.
It is not known whether the pass and the tower were called Cirith Ungol when the Men of Gondor held it since Shelob couldn't have inhabited the cavernous entrance of the pass at that time.
Cirith Ungol - encyclopedia article about Cirith Ungol. (1066 words)
Tolkien Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings.
It was guarded by the Tower of Cirith Ungol, built by the Men of Gondor Gondor is a fictional location from J. Tolkien's Middle-earth.
It is not known whether the pass and the tower were called Cirith Ungol when the Men of Gondor held it since Shelob Shelob is a character from J. Tolkien's Middle-earth.
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