Why wasn't Barad Dur / Mordor watched more closely in the Third Age

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  1. Bryan

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    Hi all! New user here with a question that I was hoping you all could help answer.

    I was wondering why after the fall of Sauron in the second age that Barad Dur / Mordor didn't have a closer watch to prevent it from being taken over again.

    Barad Dur could not be completely destroyed because the ring was still around. Rebuilding this tower would be a large undertaking. Why didn't anyone notice the reconstruction of it and stop it before it was finished?

    Shouldn't the White Council and/or Gondor have kept tabs on the place?
     
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    Hi Bryan, welcome to TTF!

    The White Council was being misdirected by Saruman, who was looking for the ring for himself. Gondor had ceased watching the borders and manning the fortresses around Mordor for some time. From Appendix A in ROTK, it seems that King Atanatar preferred the easy way of doing things, to put it simply, and thus the watch on Mordor was simply neglected:
    With the watch being ceased, this would have allowed the gathering of armies and the rebuilding of Barad Dur, without rival.
    Sauron returned to Mordor in TA 2942 (the same year that Bilbo returned to the Shire with the Ring) so it was the Nazgul who did most of the rebuilding up to that time.
     
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    Wow! Thanks for that detailed answer! I have asked this same question on a few different mediums but I found those other answers to be lacking.

    Thank you!
     
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    Yes, much of the history of Gondor can be found in the Appendices.
     
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    I have read LOTR many times throughout my adult life though never the Appendices. I started reading the Appendices and decided to go with the Silmarillion first. Not sure if that was the right thing, but I'll go back to the Appendices when I am done.

    Thanks!
     
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    You'll find we have TON of very intelligent/well-read members here, most of which are smarter than me ;). Keep asking questions, it's how I've learned even more about LOTR and the legenedarium outside of reading and re-reading and everyone here is always happy to discuss.
     
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