Morgulduin at Minas Morgul - ROTK

The Morgulduin as it appears in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Morgulduin was a river of Ithilien, which began in the Ephel Dúath and flowed through the Morgul Vale, under the ghastly bridge that led into Minas Morgul,[1] and eventually into the Anduin.[2] Because it originated in Mordor, it was icy-cold and its waters were polluted and not safe to drink from.[1] According to The Atlas of Middle-earth, the river was less than twenty-five miles in length.[2]

In the year TA 3019, Faramir warned Frodo and Sam not to drink from it, as the water was tainted and would harm whoever imbibed it.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

The Morgulduin appears, though it is not named, in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as a wide, polluted river adjacent to Minas Morgul.


Morgulduin was a Sindarin word that meant 'Black-magic River'.[4]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሞርጎዲን ?
Arabic مورغولدوولين
Armenian Մորգոլդոին
Belarusian Cyrillic Моргулдуін
Bengali মোড়গুল্ডউইন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Моргулдуин
Chinese (Hong Kong) 魔窟都因河
Georgian მორგულდუინ
Gujarati મોર્ગુલડુઇન
Hebrew מורגולדוינ
Hindi मोर्गुल्दुइन
Japanese モルグルドゥイン
Kannada ಮೊರ್ಗುಲ್ಡಿನ್
Korean 모르 굴듀
Macedonian Cyrillic Моргулдуин
Marathi मोर्गुलुडूइन
Mongolian Cyrillic Моргулдуин
Nepalese मोर्गुल्दुइन
Persian مورگولودین
Punjabi ਮੋਰਗੂਲਡੂ
Polish Morgulduina
Russian Моргулдуин
Serbian Моргулдуин (Cyrillic) Morgulduin (Latin)
Sinhalese මොර්ගුලාඩින්
Tamil மொர்குல்துஇந்
Telugu మొరుగులాదుయం
Ukrainian Cyrillic Морґулдуін
Urdu مورگولڈوان
Yiddish מאָרגולדווין


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Chapter VIII: "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "Mordor (and Adjacent Lands)"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Ch. VII: "Journey to the Cross-roads"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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