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'''Carchost''' was the eastern<ref name=UI/> of the two towers that flanked the [[Black Gate]] of [[Mordor]] (otherwise known as the [[Morannon]]). Together, Carchost and its counterpart [[Narchost]] were known as the [[Towers of the Teeth]]<ref name="Towers">{{RK|VI1}}</ref> or even the [[Teeth of Mordor]].<ref>{{TT|IV3}}</ref> They were originally made by the men of [[Gondor]] but in the later Third Age they had been long abandoned by the Gondorians and were overrun with evil. [[Sauron]] used them as watch towers to guard [[Mordor]], protecting it from the very nation which had originally built them.<ref name="Towers"/>
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'''Carchost''' was the eastern<ref name=UI>{{HM|UI}}, p. 601</ref> of the two [[Towers of the Teeth]], that stood on two sheer hills that were thrust forward on either side of the mouth of the pass of [[Cirith Gorgor]] at the northwestern end of [[Mordor]] where the [[Ered Lithui]] met the [[Ephel Duath]]. It was strong, tall, stony-faced and had dark window-holes facing north, east and west.<ref name=Gate>{{TT|Gate}}</ref>
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==History==
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Carchost was built by the men of  [[Gondor]] after the [[War of the Last Alliance]] to prevent [[Sauron]] from returning to Mordor<ref name=Gate/>  and to keep watch on Mordor where the creatures of Sauron still lurked.<ref name=Tower>{{RK|Tower}}</ref> At the time of the death of king [[Ondoher]] it was still manned by the men of Gondor.<ref>{{UT|8e}}, note 15</ref> As the strength of Gondor failed, Carchost was abandoned by the the men of Gondor and was empty for long years and fell into decay. After the return of Sauron Narchost was repaired and garrisonned with the forces of Sauron.<ref name=Gate/>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
The name ''Carchost'' is translated as "fang fort".<ref name=UI>{{HM|UI}}, p. 601</ref> It contains two [[Sindarin]] elements: ''carch'', meaning "tooth, fang", and ''[[ost]]'' meaning "fortress".<ref>{{S|Appendix}}, ''carak-''</ref>
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The name ''Carchost'' is translated as "fang fort".<ref name=UI/> It contains two [[Sindarin]] elements: ''carch'', meaning "tooth, fang", and ''[[ost]]'' meaning "fortress".<ref>{{S|Appendix}}, ''carak-''</ref>
  
 
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Carchost was the eastern[1] of the two Towers of the Teeth, that stood on two sheer hills that were thrust forward on either side of the mouth of the pass of Cirith Gorgor at the northwestern end of Mordor where the Ered Lithui met the Ephel Duath. It was strong, tall, stony-faced and had dark window-holes facing north, east and west.[2]

History

Carchost was built by the men of Gondor after the War of the Last Alliance to prevent Sauron from returning to Mordor[2] and to keep watch on Mordor where the creatures of Sauron still lurked.[3] At the time of the death of king Ondoher it was still manned by the men of Gondor.[4] As the strength of Gondor failed, Carchost was abandoned by the the men of Gondor and was empty for long years and fell into decay. After the return of Sauron Narchost was repaired and garrisonned with the forces of Sauron.[2]

Etymology

The name Carchost is translated as "fang fort".[1] It contains two Sindarin elements: carch, meaning "tooth, fang", and ost meaning "fortress".[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 601
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Black Gate is Closed"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", "Notes", note 15
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", carak-