What's in the Dark Tower?

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  1. BalrogRingDestroyer

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    I've always wondered what was in there. Did Tolkien write any letters about what was in there? In the book, it had scant descriptions on the place, mostly because everyone was trying to avoid the place at all costs.
     
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    Well, there's Sauron.
    A Palantir.
    Probably a Chamber of Rings.
    Dungeons.
    Torture Chamber.

    Maybe a Nazgul Cloakroom?

    And orcses. Lots of orcses.
     

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    LOL :D

    And I'll guess . . . a big iron box full of contact lenses ;)
     
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    In the chapter “Mount Doom” in RotK, there are three descriptions of Barad-dûr that might help.

    On the journey across the plain of Gorgoroth, Sam and Frodo saw that
    I have often considered that passage, and I think there was actually a darkness that surrounded Barad-dûr, twisting perhaps like a fog about the tower. Later, as they climbed the side of Orodruin, they saw the shadows of the tower again:
    Barad-dûr itself was built upon the western side of a spur that reached southwards from the Ashen Mountains (Ered Lithui) which running from west to east formed the northern border of Mordor. Sauron’s throne room may have been any where in the fortress, but he used one room in the tower as a principle lair, the place with the “flame of red, the flicker of a piercing Eye” from which he watched Aragorn and the Captains of the West approach the Morannon.

    Its foundations were laid down in the Second Age before Sauron made the Ruling Ring, but the power he used to construct and solidify those foundations he placed into the Ring, so that they could not be removed while the Ring remained; and when the Ring was destroyed, the foundations of his citadel were also destroyed the dissipation of that power. Sam witnessed this when lugging the injured Frodo from the Sammath Naur,
    It may be that two places referenced by wicked creatures in the story were also in Barad-dûr: the Black Pits and the Houses of Lamentation. Sam overheard Shagrat mentioning the Black Pits when upbraiding Snaga in the tower of Cirith Ungol: they were some place of torment Sauron dumped his servants unfortunate to receive his especial opprobrium; while the Houses of Lamentation with which the Witch-king threatened Éowyn were a person’s “flesh [was] devoured, and [his] shrivelled mind … left naked to the Lidless Eye.” Which sounds very much like what happened shortly afterwards to the Witch-king himself at the hands of Éowyn and Merry.
    Really big contact lenses.
     

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    Not invented yet.

    It's well-known that Sauron used a giant monocle.
     
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    The Crimson King.

    Oops, wrong book series.
     
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    I want to know more but yet I didn't go through it.
     
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    Here is another reference to Barad-dûr, taken from "the Road to Isengard", for what it's worth:

    But Saruman had slowly shaped it (=Isengard) to his shifting purposes, and made it better, as he thought, being deceived – for all those arts and subtle devices, for which he forsook his former wisdom, and which fondly he imagined were his own, came but from Mordor; so that what he made was naught, only a little copy, a child’s model or a slave’s flattery, of that vast fortress, armoury, prison, furnace of great power, Barad-dûr, the Dark Tower, which suffered no rival, and laughed at flattery, biding its time, secure in its pride and its immeasurable strength.
     
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