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the artists at Weta Digital & Weta Workshop
Original artwork by John Howe. This image has been modified from it original form to enhance the layout of this site.
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Mordor-dark had returned,
and the watch-fires on the heights burned fierce and red...

The leading orcs came loping along, panting, holding theirs heads down. They were a gang of the smaller breeds being driven unwilling to the Dark Lord's wars; all they cared for was to get the march over and escape the whip. Beside them, running up and down the line, went two of the large fierce uruks, cracking lashes and shouting. Then suddenly on of the slave-drivers spied the two figures by the road-side. He flicked a whip at them and yelled: 'Hi, you! Get up!'

'There now!' he laughed, flicking at their legs. "where there's a whip there's a will, my slugs. Hold up! I'd give you a nice freshener now, only you will get as much lash as your skins will carry when you come in late to your camp. Do you good. Don't you know we're at war?'

From The Land of Shadow in The Return of the King

The Artist is John Howe
Original artwork by John Howe. This image has been modified from it's original form to enhance the layout of this site.
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The trough between the mountains and the Morgai had steadily dwindled as it climbed upwards, and the inner ridge was now no more then a shelf in the steep faces of the Ephel Dûath; but to the east it fell as sheerly as ever down into Gorgoroth.

To meet it there stretched a long jutting arm; and between the ends there was a narrow gap; Carach Angren, the Isenmouthe, beyond which lay the deep dale of Udûn.

From The Land of Shadow in
The Return of the King

The Artist at EA Games
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In the deep dale of Udûn behind the Morannon were the tunnels and deep armouries that the servants of Mordor had made for the defense of the Black Gate of their land; and there now their Lord was gathering in haste great forces to meet the onslaught of the Captains of the West. Upon the out-thrust spurs forts and towers were built, and watch fires burned; and all across the gap an earth-wall had been raised, and a deep trench delved that could be crossed only by a single bridge.

A few miles north, high up in the angle where the western spur branched away from the main range, stood the old castle of Durthang, now one of the many orc-holds that clustered about the dale of Udûn. A road, already visible in the growing light, came winding down from it, until only a mile or two from where the hobbits lay it turned east and ran along a shelf cut into the side of the spur, and so went down into the plain, and so on to the Isenmouthe.

From The Land of Shadow in
The Return of the King

The Artist is Yanick Dusseault
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