The Two Watchers

The Two Watchers were two three-headed phantom-statues located on the southeastern side of the Tower of Cirith Ungol, guarding the "gate".

They served as guardians of the tower, creating an invisible barrier between them through the force of their will alone, which prevented any enemy from passing the gate. The statues seemed to be somewhat sentient, being able to sense enemies whether visible or invisible. The statues, seated unmoving upon thrones, one on either side of the archway, had three joined bodies- one that faced inward, one that faced outward, and one that faced the other. The heads were like vultures with glittering black eyes, and they had claw-like hands which lay upon their great knees. They seemed to be carved out of huge blocks of stone. Some evil spirit of vigilance lived within them and created what Sam felt to be, "some web like Shelob's, only invisible".


Encountered by Samwise

During the quest to destroy the One Ring, the Hobbit Samwise Gamgee came to the tower to save his friend and master, Frodo Baggins. His initial willpower was not enough to overcome their dreadful snare, and Sam was forced to use the Phial of Galadriel to pass the Watchers, but once he had done so the Watchers let out a terrible cry and an alarm bell was rung in the tower alerting the Orcs within that an intruder had entered. Sam succeeded in saving Frodo, and again used the Phial to escape from the tower, along with the power of Elvish words. The Watchers again let out their terrible cry as the two Hobbits passed them; the archway collapsed behind them, and a Nazgûl settled upon the broken gate and let loose a chilling cry.

It is unknown by whom these statues were built, though it is likely they were made by Sauron; It is also possible that he might have only supplied the evil spirit within them, and that the Men of Gondor, who built the tower itself, may have built the statues.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy

The Watchers appear only in the extended edition of Peter Jackson's The Return of the King. However, they do not hinder Sam's entry into Cirith Ungol.

Video games

The Watchers appear in the Return of the King video game, though in them they are nothing more than statues, and do not block the entrance or escape of enemies. In the animated movie, the Watchers are far more accurate, even resembling their description from the book.

The Watchers appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II and its expansion pack; in The Rise of the Witch King, watchers can be build as an annex to Mordor's Fortress. These watchers provide "fear" power which means keep off enemy units from the fortress.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Twee Wagte
Albanian Dy Roje
Amharic ሁለት ጠባቂዎች
Arabic اثنين من الحراس
Armenian Երկու Գվարդիաները
Azerbaijani İki Mühafizəçilər
Basque Bi guardia
Belarusian Cyrillic два гвардзейскіх
Bengali দুই প্রহরী
Bosnian Dva stražara
Bulgarian Cyrillic Две пазачи
Cambodian ឆ្មាំពីរ
Catalan Dos guàrdies
Cebuano Duha Mga gwardya
Chinese 两名警卫
Corsican Dui guardi
Croatian Dva stražara
Czech Dva strážní
Danish De To Vagter foran Cirith Ungol
Dutch Twee Wachters
Esperanto Du policanoj
Estonian Kaks piirded
Fijian Rua Sotia
Filipino Dalawang bantay
Finnish Kaksi vartijaa
French Deux gardes
Galician Dous gardas
Georgian ორი მესაზღვრეებმა
German Zwei Wächter
Greek Δύο Φύλακες
Gujarati બે ગાર્ડસ
Haitian Creole De Gad yo
Hausa Biyu Masu tsaron
Hawaiian ʻElua kiaʻi
Hebrew שני השומרים
Hindi दो गार्ड
Hungarian Két gárdisták
Indonesian Dua penjaga
Icelandic Tveir lífvörður
Irish Gaelic Dó Gardaí
Italian Due guardie
Japanese 2人のガード
Javanese Loro pengawal
Kannada ಎರಡು ಗಾರ್ಡ್ಗಳು
Kazakh Екі күзетші (Cyrillic) Eki küzetşi (Latin)
Korean 경비원 2 명
Kurdish Du Cerdevan (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Эки сакчынын
Latin Duo custodibus
Latvian Divi gvardi
Lithuanian Du sargybiniai
Luxembourgish Zwee Lwwerwaacher
Macedonian Cyrillic два Чувари
Malagasy Mpiambina roa
Malaysian Dua pengawal
Maltese gwardji Żewġ
Manx Daa Lught Fakin
Marathi दोन गार्ड्स
Mongolian Cyrillic Хоёр хамгаалагч
Nepalese दुई गार्ड
Norwegian To Vakter
Pashto دوه ساتونکي
Persian دو نگهبان
Polish Dwa Gwardia
Portuguese Dois guardas
Punjabi ਦੋ ਗਾਰਡ
Romanian Doi paznici
Romansh guardia Dua
Russian Два охранника
Scottish Gaelic Dhà Geàrdan
Serbian Два стражара (Cyrillic) Dva stražara (Latin)
Shona Varindi Vaviri
Sindhi ٻه محافظ
Sinhalese ආරක්ෂකයින් දෙදෙනෙක්
Slovak Dvaja strážcovia
Slovenian Dva stražarja
Somalian Laba Ilaalada
Spanish Dos Centinelas
Swahili Mbili Walinzi
Swedish Två Vakter
Tajik Cyrillic Ду посбонҳо
Tamil இரண்டு காவலர்கள்
Telugu రెండు గార్డ్లు
Thai สองยาม
Turkish Iki Gardiyanlar
Ukrainian Cyrillic Два Гвардія
Urdu دو محافظوں
Uzbek Икки Соқчилар (Cyrillic) Ikki Soqchilar (Latin)
Vietnamese Hai vệ binh
Welsh Dau Warchodwr
Xhosa Zimbini BaGada
Yiddish צוויי גואַרדס
Yoruba Meji Awọn oluṣọ
Yucatec Maya Ka'atúul Kaambalo'ob yétel le


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