Season 10 Episode 2 – The Tower of Cirith Ungol

Cair Andros

  • An army ambushes the city at Cair Andros and overruns it.

Dunharrow

  • Aragorn and the Grey Company come to Dunharrow. They find Theoden has not arrived.

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  • Aragorn meets with Eowyn again. She welcomes the Grey Company with supper.
  • Eowyn attempts to dissuade Aragorn from the Paths of the Dead. When she fails, she asks to accompany him herself. Aragorn will not allow it.

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  • The Grey Company leave at daybreak. Eowyn watches them, standing still as stone.

Cirith Ungol

  • Shagrat strips Frodo of all his effects. He has orders to take them to Barad-Dur. Gorbag attempts to take the mithril shirt.
  • Shagrat takes Frodo to the top of the tower. Gorbag begins a fight with Shagrat’s orcs.
  • Sam approaches the gate of Cirith Ungol. He sees Mt Doom.

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  • Sam takes off the Ring. He cannot pass the gate. He uses the Phial of Galadriel and passes. The statues of the Watchers cry out.
  • Sam sees the bodies of the orcs. He continues up the tower. He encounters orcs, including Shagrat, who flees.
  • Sam follows an orc into a secret chamber. He kills the orc and finds Frodo.
  • Frodo is delighted to see Sam, but calls him a thief when he sees the Ring. He apologises soon after. Sam finds orc armour and they put it on.

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Dimholt

  • Aragorn leads the company to a dark door. Despite their fear, they all follow Aragorn into the Paths of the Dead.

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The Paths of the Dead

  • Gimli is the last to enter. He hurries to catch up. They come to a clearing, where a skeleton lies. Aragorn kneels at the body but suddenly stands and addresses the darkness to follow.
  • Legolas and Elladan say they see the dead following.

A Tolkien illustration by Ted Nasmith

Mordor

  • With the Phial, Frodo and Sam move past the Watchers and into Mordor.

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First Appearance – Snaga (II)

Death – Gorbag, Snaga

Adapted from chapters ‘The Passing of the Grey Company’ and ‘The Tower of Cirith Ungol’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the RIngs.

Pictures

  • Across Gorgoroth – Ted Nasmith
  • Aragorn & Eowyn – Alan Lee
  • Passing of the Grey Company – JeiWo
  • Cirith Ungol – Robert Goldsmith
  • Perfect Little Orcs – Olanda Fong-Surdenas
  • The Door to the Dead – Anke Eissmann
  • The King of the Oathbreakers – Ted Nasmith
  • Nazgul over Cirith Ungol – Alan Lee
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