Through the Middle-lands their journey took them, to the blasted place in the shadow of Mount Doom known to Elves as the Black Country. The haunt of Men, workers of great engines of smoke and fire and speakers of a tongue so strange as to be known only to the likes of Clare the Short and Frank the Skinner. And there they spoke of the Ring, and of orcs and wizards and hobbits, and of whether Mordor should be pronounced Mordor, as it always had been, or Mawdaw!, in that startled, Scottish way preferred by Sir Ian McKellen. [More]