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Bridge of Minas Morgul, The

Type: Fords, Bridges, Crossings

Region: Mordor/Allies

Other Names the white bridge

Location: A bridge on the Road from Minas Anor to Minas Ithil over the Morgulduin river, near the entrance to Minas Morgul (formerly Minas Ithil).

Description:

[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. ... [They] gave forth a faint sickening charnel-smell.... 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.

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

At that moment the Wraith-king turned and spurred his horse and rode across the bridge, and all his dark host followed him. ...

Soon he had passed ... down the winding road, and behind him still the black ranks crossed the bridge.

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

But Gandalf and Aragorn rode with the vanguard to the entrance of Morgul Vale and looked on the evil city.

It was dark and lifeless.... Yet the air of the valley was heavy with fear and enmity. Then they broke the evil bridge and set red flames in the noisome fields and departed.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 10, The Black Gate Opens

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 4Aug06

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