N. Gorgos loc. “Dire-castle”

N. Gorgos, loc. “Dire-castle”

Name of a tower near Cirith Ungol glossed “Dire-castle” in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, along with its companion Nargos (TI/344). It seems to be a combination of some form of goroth “horror” and ost “(walled) city”. It might be a precursor to later Carchost, one of the towers at the entrance to the Gates of Mordor in the published version of The Lord of the Rings.

References ✧ SDI1/Gorgos; TI/344; TII; WRI




goroth “horror”
ost “city, town (with wall round)”