It’s tough to get any hard information out of Gollum. He twists and turns, much like the road he’s trying to describe. As it turns out, they need to take the west/south road from the Black Gate. After a while, you’ll come to another crossroads. The road turns west to Osgiliath, where it crosses Anduin. South it goes to the mysterious lands of hot sun and evil men. What about that? Let’s talk about that. That’s important!
Frodo gets Gollum back on track, where he remembers that the eastern fork from this intersection heads up to the mountains, and a tower. The Tower of the Moon! Let’s talk about the old legends of Gollum’s people! NO.
Yes, this road leads to Minas Morgul, née Ithil, where Sauron overthrew the great tower of Gondor.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 64 – “Getting off topic is annoying, but there’s something redeemable about it.”
So…this road actually makes sense! When the men of Gondor built Minas Anor and Minas Ithil, they needed roads to connect them to each other with Osgiliath in the middle. There you have it. Of course, with evil overtaking Minas Ithil over time, that portion of the road became disused and forgotten. It’s now just another way to simply walk into Mordor, but a whole lot less open to attack than the Black Gate. You can’t assault Minas Morgul like you could the Black Gate, so people probably don’t think of it as a way into Mordor anymore. Besides, it’s horribly evil now. Worse than the Black Gate.
There’s something sad about Gollum remembering the stories of his youth. He’s still in there somewhere, and this is why he can connect with Frodo and Sam. Again, he’s part hobbit. Were he not twisted around by the ring, he might just be an okay dude. Hypothetically speaking.
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I always wanted to see what the other lands (east and south) of Middle-earth were like. It’s sad that today’s page has one of the better (and extremely brief) descriptions anyone ever gets.
No one dies today.
“‘Well, master, there it was and there it is: the tall tower and the white houses and the wall; but not nice now, not beautiful. He…'”