S. Cirith Gorgor loc. “Haunted Pass”

S. Cirith Gorgor, loc. “Haunted Pass”

The main entrance into Mordor, translated “Haunted Pass” (LotR/636). This name is a combination of cirith “cleft, pass” and gorgor “haunting fear” (RC/334-5).

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared in some notes as N. Kirith Naglath “Cleft of the Teeth” (WR/137), whose second element seems to be a variant class plural of N. neleg “tooth”. It was changed in the text to Kirith Gorgor “Dreadful Pass” (WR/122).

References ✧ LotR/636; LotRI/Cirith Gorgor; RC/334; TII/Cirith Gorgor; WR/122; WRI/Kirith Gorgor

Glosses

Elements

cirith “cleft, ravine, defile” ✧ RC/335
gorgor “extreme horror, terror, haunting fear” ✧ RC/335

N. Kirith Gorgor loc. “Dreadful Pass”

See S. Cirith Gorgor for discussion.

References ✧ SDI1/Kirith Gorgor; WR/122; WRI/Kirith Gorgor

Glosses

Changes

Elements

cirith “cleft, pass” ✧ WR/122 (Kirith)
gorgor “dreadful” ✧ WR/122

N. Kirith Naglath loc. “Cleft of the Teeth”

See S. Cirith Gorgor for discussion.

References ✧ WR/137; WRI/Kirith Naglath

Glosses

Related

Elements

cirith “cleft, pass” ✧ WR/137 (Kirith)
neleg “tooth” class-plural ✧ WR/137 (Naglath)