Towers of the Teeth

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Towers of the Teeth
Type: Fortresses
Region: The Wastes
Area: Slag-hills
Location: [36.2S, 3.8W]
The Towers of the Teeth, Charhost and Narchost, surround the Morannon


The Towers of the Teeth, Carchost on the west side of the Morannon (the Black Gate) and Narchost on the east, are landmarks within the Slag-hills in The Wastes.
They are Resource Crafting Dungeons. (See: Skoironk for details.)


The northern entrance to Mordor, situated at the northwest corner of that land, is by way of a narrow pass with sheer cliffs on either side, where the the Ephel Dúath and the Ered Lithui come together. This pass is called Cirith Gorgor in Elvish, poetically translated as the "Haunted Pass" (though the Elvish name literally meant 'pass of great dread'). To butress the defences of Mordor, it was at this point where Sauron erected a stone rampart from one side of the pass to the other, in which was set the Morannon.
The Towers of the Teeth are two towers situated on either side of this pass.
Originally built by Men of Gondor following The Last Alliance of Elves and Men and the downfall of Sauron at the end of the Second Age, the two watchtowers were placed at the entrance to the pass, to guard Mordor and prevent the return of Sauron and his servants.
As Gondor slowly declined and withdrew from east of the Anduin, these watchtowers were abandoned sometime after the defeat of King Ondoher to the Wainriders at Ondoher's Folly. As the Dark Lord returned to Mordor at the end of the Third Age, the towers were taken over by his servants, repaired, and incorporated into the defences of Morannon, the Black Gate.
The two towers are called Carchost on the east side of the pass and Narchost on the west.
Other names include the Teeth of Mordor, the Towers of the Black Gate, and the Watch-towers of Morannon.


Narchost from its base
Cirith Gorgor and the Udûn Valley showing the Towers of the Teeth


Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of The Wastes
Settlements: Camp of the HostHaerondir
Areas: Noman-landsDagorladSlag-hills
Landmarks: Tham DurlanNuiharnGuard Tower RuinsStore House Ruins Merchant shop RuinsFarm House RuinsInn RuinsNobel's House RuinsStable Ruins
CarchostDol AcharnDûm BohaFushaum GundLang RhuvenNarchostOndoher's FollySkoironk
Regions of Mordor
The Plateau of Gorgoroth


Ephel Dúath (the Mountains of Shadow) and Ered Lithui (the Ash Mountains) border Mordor on three sides