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The Dead Marshes is a fictional place from J. R. R. Tolkien's universe, Middle-earth.

The Dead Marshes are an ancient battlefield (Battle of Dagorlad), outside of Mordor. The last alliance fought the forces of Mordor and it was here that many of the fallen had laid to rest. Through the years, the battlefield became marshes and swallowed up the dead. Frodo, Sam, and Gollum took a passage through "The Dead Marshes". Candles and lights danced about and Frodo was mesmerized by the lights and tried to reach out and touch the faces of the dead, at the bottom of the marshes. Gollum told them that the dead could not be touched, suggesting that he had once tried to eat them.

Barbara Strachey, in her fictionalised atlas Journeys of Frodo, depicts the Dead Marshes as an eastward extension of the swamps of Nindalf (Wetwang), although on the Lord of the Rings map they appear separate.

In The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, Tolkien speculated that the description of the Dead Marshes may have been based on his personal experience in World War I, specifically, the Battle of the Somme.

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Dead Marshes - One Wiki to Rule Them All, the Lord of the Rings Encyclopedia (480 words)
The Dead Marshes is the ancient battlefield of the Battle of Dagorlad between the Last Alliance and the forces of Mordor, where many of the fallen were laid to rest.
The Dead Marshes were located north-west of the Morannon, and southeast of the Emyn Muil.
In the Journeys of Frodo atlas by Barbara Strachey, the Dead Marshes are depicted as an eastward extension of the swamps of Nindalf (Wetwang), although on the Lord of the Rings map they appear separate.
Wetlands & Marshes of Middle-earth (2136 words)
The Dead Marshes were a vast network of pools, mires, and waterways east of the Emyn Muil.
The Dead Marshes were located between the marshland called the Wetwang and the plain of Dagorlad where a great battle was fought during the War of the Last Alliance in 3434 of the Second Age.
The area became known as the Dead Marshes because the faces of the dead could still be seen in the wide pools in the middle of the marshes.
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