Enter the Dark Library of Mordor and discover it’s hidden secrets!
A hidden chamber was unearthed after the War of the Ring
King Elessar sent emissaries into the ruins of Mordor, after the fall of Sauron to cleanse the land of the last remnants of orcs, trolls and evil men. In a hidden vale to the North of where Barad-dûr once stood, a door was found in a deep defile. The door was open, and the steps leading down into it’s dark depths was thick with broken rock and stone, but within the labyrinth of chambers found below, a vast wealth of knowledge was discovered. This hidden place, now known as the Library of Shadow held ancient scrolls, maps and books of Morgul magic, that give insight into the dark arts of Mordor.
King Elessar commanded that all such artifacts of the enemy be destroyed. but one among the scribes of Minas Tirith, enamored of the knowledge to be discovered, kept in secret many of the maps, books and scrolls found there. And so it was the much of the knowledge of Mordor has survived,
In the time of Sauron, the chamber could only be opened by speaking a Morgul Spell of unlocking. “Gûnd-bazus bág-lunk.” It is believed that Sauron, who was wise beyond count and weighed all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice, built this underground labyrinth of chambers, far from the center of his power, for a reason. If his assault upon Middle-earth should fail once again, then a great portion of his knowledge would be saved from destruction!
In this vast labyrinth of chambers below the secret vale, the Dark Lord had countless scribes writing in the Black Speech, with crebain quills and crimson inks upon dark papyrus. They recorded the histories of the first Dark Lord Morgoth and his favored servant Sauron. The fall of Morgoth and rise of Sauron to take his place. The making of the Rings of Power and the dark rites used in their forging. Much of the knowledge of Mordor was kept in this secret Library of Shadow.
Ghásh ~ The Book of Fire
One book was found that had the Eye of Sauron etched upon its cover with the One Ring inscription surrounding it. It was called Ghásh ~ The Book of Fire for so it was named. Within its pages was a history of the War of the Ring and much about the Servants of Shadow, under the thraw of Sauron, the Dark Domains scattered about the Land of Shadow and the Brazen Beasts bred to his service.
It held much about the ordering of Mordor and the Dark Lord’s plans for his final assault upon Middle-earth. The making of weapons and armor and devices for battle. It held sketches and diagrams for the great machines of war such as Grond, which was forged in the smithies of Sammath Naur. A great store of knowledge about the inner workings of the Dark Tower, from its pitiless dungeons and slave pits, to its treasures troves, storerooms and forges, all the way up to the top most spires and the Well of the great Eye!
There were plans for the staging of vast armies bred in the Orc pits of Gorgoroth, and the ordering of farms and slaves to feed them along the inner sea of Nurn. The plans and preparations made in the Vale of Udûn, that stretched between Cirith Gorgor and the Isenmouthe. Diagrams detailing the guard towers, orc holds and fortresses along its inner walls and the shoring up of the Black Gate with iron plates and pitiless spires of steel.
Also found in this ancient library was a map of the Land of Shadow, complete with spells of enchantment. For those who could decipher the Morgul runes, one had simply to place a hand on the map and the name of the place would appear and then fade away when the fingers were removed.
Places long held secret are made known with this map including the hidden vale where the Library of Shadow was concealed.
Many other places are also revealed such as the Plain of the Black Steeds, were the horses of Mordor were bred to withstand evil servants of Mordor. Also seen is the the mountain of Carn Telloth, where it was the hope of Sauron, that he might one day bring the dragon Smaug to live and to his service. To the South are the holding pens of the Mumakil at Daemon Angren and west of Orodruin was the largest of the Orc camps upon the plain of Gorgoroth. Many more of the dark and shadowed places of Middle-earth can be found with the borders of this ancient map.
Without knowledge of the Morgul Spells, the map is simply an unadorned rendering of the land-shapes found in the Black Land, but through dark enchantment this map of Mordor comes alive with knowledge that has long been shrouded from those without the power to see.
This Map of Mordor eventually fell into the hands of historians in Minas Tirith, where in now lies locked away, because they fear the Morgul Spells work not only on the map, but also on anyone one who uses it!
One of Sauron’s grand plans for Mordor and eventually Middle-earth, was the implementation of a single language for all of his servants and slaves. Sauron was unable to effectively put his plan into action, before his fall at the end of the Third Age. Within the confines of the Dark Tower, he was for the most part able to impose the Black Speech upon his minions, but spreading out from under it’s dark shadow, the use of tribal Orkish and other crude languages from the lands to the East and South permeated throughout the Land of Shadow.
If the One Ring of Power had once more been on the hand of it’s Master, the will of Sauron would have prevailed over every living creature in Middle-earth. The Black Speech would then have been heard from the shores of the Western Sea to the farthest reaches of the East and from the cold mountains of the North to the dry plains of the Southern deserts. With the power of the Ring at his command, the Dark Lord’s reach would have covered all the world in Shadow. Alas, this did not come to pass!
Much knowledge about the Black Speech was found in the Library of Shadow. Reams of pages and scrolls meant to be distributed to his servants throughout the land, to teach them the tongue of Mordor! Given enough time and with a liberal application of the whip, the Black Speech would have been heard in every corner of Mordor!
Many versions of the Black Speech have filtered down throughout the years and the Shadowlandian Dialect which you can find here in The Land of Shadow.com is one of the most comprehsive versions to be found. Go HERE to get lessons in the Black Speech and peruse the Dark Tongue Dictionaries to learn our version of this masterful language.
We will soon be updating all of the pages in the Black Speech section to Mordor 2016. This will include the lessons and dictionaries to make it easer to use and learn.
The Library of Shadow holds more secrets yet to discover…
There is much to be found in the Library of Shadow and for those who thirst for the dark knowledge of Mordor, it’s a treasure trove of insight into the Land of Shadow. As more is uncovered and revealed, links and additions will be added here in the Library of Shadow!
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