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Morgulduin

Type: Rivers & Lakes

Region: Mordor/Allies

Location: The polluted river running down the Morgul Vale on the westward slopes of the Ephel Dúath to the Anduin.

Description: '... do not drink of any stream that flows from Imlad Morgul, the Valley of Living Death.'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 7, Journey to the Cross-roads

To the left lay darkness: the towering walls of Mordor; and out of that darkness the long valley came, falling steeply in an ever-widening trough towards the Anduin. At its bottom ran a hurrying stream: Frodo could hear its stony voice coming up through the silence; and beside it on the hither side a road went winding down like a pale ribbon ...

Frodo shuddered ... the sound of the water seemed cold and cruel: the voice of Morgulduin, the polluted stream that flowed from the Valley of the Wraiths.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 7, Journey to the Cross-roads

So they came slowly to the white bridge. Here the road, gleaming faintly, passed over the stream in the midst of the valley, and went on, winding deviously up towards the city's gate ... Wide flats lay on either bank, shadowy meads filled with pale white flowers. ... From mead to mead the bridge sprang. Figures stood there at its head, carven with cunning in forms human and bestial, but all corrupt and loathsome. The water flowing beneath was silent, and it steamed, but the vapour that rose from it, curling and twisting about the bridge, was deadly cold. Frodo felt his senses reeling and his mind darkening.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 3, The Black Gate Is Closed

As they rose above the stench and vapours of the poisonous stream their breath became easier and their heads clearer....

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 8, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 7Oct04, 28Nov04, 25Aug05

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