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In the far northwest of Mordor, where the mountains of the Ered Lithui and Ephel Dúath came together, lay a valley named Udûn (after the ancient fortress of darkness in the north of the World).

This was the only break in Mordor's western mountain-defences, and Sauron built a great gate, the Morannon, at its mouth to protect his realm.

After the destruction of Númenor and the founding of Gondor by Elendil and his sons, one of their first works was the building of Minas Ithil at the feet of the Ephel Dúath as a threat to Mordor, which suggests that even with Sauron absent, the remaining inhabitants of the Black Land posed a threat of their own.

Sauron himself secretly returned to the Black Land after the Downfall of Númenor, and the Gondorians were apparently unaware of this for a time.

Soon, though, Orodruin burst into life once more, and the Men of Gondor understood that the Dark Lord had returned to Barad-dûr.

There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is folly." The area of Middle-Earth called Mordor is a relic of the devastating works of Morgoth before his banishment to the Void.We are told little of Mordor after Sauron left it - his armies having fled, it must have been an empty, barren place for a time.Eventually, though, some part of his followers seem to have returned.The worst of these reverses came in 3262 (Second Age) when Ar-Pharazôn, the last King of Númenor, landed in Middle-earth with an unstoppable army.Sauron's forces fled, and he offered himself as hostage to Ar-Pharazôn, leaving Mordor and travelling with the victorious Númenóreans back to their island home.

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