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Post  Yrobryn on Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:10 pm

The Black Gate was the common name for the Morannon which was built by Sauron to protect and guard the northern entrance into Mordor. Frodo and Sam had a chance to go through the Black Gate when they arrived at Mordor, but it was so heavily fortified and guarded that they turned away and were led on a different route into Mordor by their treacherous guide, Gollum. This gate was so gigantic that Trolls were used to open the gate for incoming Orcs.
The Black Gate was set in an impregnable black stone and iron wall that stretched from the Mountains of Ash in the north to the Ephel Duath (Mountains of Shadow) in the west. The wall has been estimated to have been 60 feet high and 250 feet long with each half of the great gate being 90 feet wide and set on large stone wheels. Behind the gate were circular stone ramparts, and when the gate needed to be opened, two pairs of Mountain-trolls who were tethered to gigantic beams pushed their way around their rampart's track, gradually levering open the gate. In Gondor's early days, when it was building towers and cities such as Minas Ithil and Cirith Ungol close to Mordor's border, it raised the two great Towers of the Teeth, Narchost and Carchost, which were built on either side of the wall and were tall enough to overlook it. In those days they prevented anything from entering or leaving the black land, but eventually, as with most of Gondor's outposts, the watch failed and they were taken over by the servants of Sauron. Once taken by the Enemy, they became a monument of dread, fear, evil, and awe by anyone who saw the gate.

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Post  Lorgash on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:44 pm

Lorgash, a strong and vicious Uruk-Hai is sent to guard the gates of Mordor, the orc activity was rising thoughout all Mordor and around, something was happening, Lorgash, an elite Uruk-Hai would, from now on, guard the gates, preventing any Man, Elf or Dwarf from entering the lasnds of shadow.

Hear me you maggots! We shall guard this doors until opposite orders come! Now stand still and....March!!

The tall Uruk said to his 20 orc soldiers that immediatly positioned themselves along the tall black gates.

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