Mordor, a black volcanic plain in the southeast of Middle-earth, was the region controlled by Sauron and the only place where the ring can be destroyed which makes it the only destination of Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee. It is located in the southeast of northwestern Middle-earth to the East of Anduin, the great river. Some of the great fortresses located in Mordor are the black gate, Minas Morgul and Dol Guldur.
Mordor was protected from three sides by large mountain ranges which makes it unique. These mountains are arranged roughly in a rectangular manner: Ephel Dúath covering both west and south as well as Ash Mountains in the north. These mountains protect the place from unexpected invasion by any of the people living in those directions and kept those living in Mordor from escaping. Mordor’s dry and blasted geography would also be extremely unfriendly to any army bivouacked on the plains.
In The Fellowship of the Ring specifically in the council of Elrond, Boromir – a valiant warrior known in Gondor for his greatness – said that “one does not simply walk into Mordor“. He described the place as “a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust“.
Here’s a collection of Mordor artworks from J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional universe of Middle-earth depicting the kingdom of Sauron – the second dark lord. These Mordor inspired illustrations show the detailed landscape of different fortresses like Mount Doom and Barad-dûr which are the main scenery in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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