10. The Black Gate Opens
Dread oppresses from above. Evil grows. At Mordor’s borders, a choice: go on through the wasteland or turn back to retake fairer lands.
The Black Gate, where the Captains’ failure is the failure of all. Sauron’s Mouth answers the challenge of Mordor’s enemies, showing tokens of the Quest’s miscarriage. Fate hangs upon a thread of folly.
Gandalf, light in darkness, calls the bluff, the trap is sprung. Frodo’s success stops the battle short.
Troll’s bane, Pippin does not see the Eagles.
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