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Type: Forests, Fields, Plains

Region: Mordor/Allies

Meaning: Horror

Location: In the northwestern corner of Mordor. Gorgoroth is a plateau bounded by the Ered Lithui (Ash Mountains) on the north, with a south projecting spur of that range serving as the eastern border and curving to form a part of the southern edge of Gorgoroth. The western edge of the plateau is bounded by the Morgai and the Ephel Dúath. A short spur of the Ephel Dúath (Mountains of Shadow) projects east to provide part of the southern boundary. There is a gap in this southern border of approximately 70 miles which was the transition between Gorgoroth and the Lithlad.

Description: 'As the light grew a little he saw to his surprise that what from a distance had seemed wide and featureless flats were in fact all broken and tumbled. Indeed the whole surface of the plains of Gorgoroth was pocked with great holes, as if, while it was still a waste of soft mud, it had been smitten with a shower of bolts and huge slingstones. The largest of these holes were rimmed with ridges of broken rock, and broad fissures ran out from them in all directions. It was a land in which it would be possible to creep from hiding to hiding, unseen by all but the most watchful eyes: possible at least for one who was strong and had no need for speed. For the hungry and worn, who had far to go before life failed, it had an evil look.'
RotK, Book VI, Ch 3, Mount Doom

Contributors: Lyllyn 2.19.04

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