S. Minas Morgul loc. “Tower of Sorcery”

S. Minas Morgul, loc. “Tower of Sorcery”

The name of Minas Ithil after it fell into the hands of Sauron, translated “Tower of Sorcery” (LotR/245). This name is a combination of minas “tower” and morgul “sorcery” (MR/350, PE17/31).

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Minas Morgol “Tower of Sorcery” (TI/127), soon revised to N. Minas Morghul (TI/146) and eventually to its final form N/S. Minas Morgul (WR/230).

References ✧ LotR/245; LotRI/Minas Morgul, Tower of Sorcery; LT2I/Minas Morgul; MR/350; MRI/Minas Morgul; PE17/31; PMI/Minas Morgul; S/297; SA/gûl; SI/Minas Morgul; UTI/Minas Morgul



minas “tower, fort, city (with a citadel and central watch tower)”
morgul “black arts, sorcery, necromancy” ✧ MR/350; PE17/31

N. Minas Morgol loc. “Tower of Sorcery”

See S. Minas Morgul for discussion.

References ✧ SDI1/Minas Morgul; TI/127, 146; TII/Minas Morgol; WR/230; WRI/Minas Morghul





minnas “tower”
morgul “sorcery”