S. Cirith Ungol loc. “Cleft of the Spider”
The pass near Minas Morgul where Shelob laired (LotR/644). In Tolkien’s “Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings”, he translated the name as “Cleft of the Spider”, a combination of cirith “cleft” and ungol “spider” (RC/767).
Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Kirith Ungol, translated “Spider Glen” (TI/330, WR/104).
References ✧ LotRI/Cirith Ungol; PMI/Kirith Ungol; RC/767; RSI/Cirith Ungol; TII/Cirith Ungol; UTI/Cirith Ungol
|cirith||“cleft, ravine, defile”||✧ RC/767|