15Cirith Ungol by John Howe
It’s amazing that Samwise is able to rescue Frodo from the Tower of Cirith Ungol with such ease, especially considering that he is a mere halfling. However, due to the orcs’ extremely low IQ and the fact that they easily become upset, Samwise is successful on his quest to save
his best friend.
The Tower of Cirith Ungol is part of an outpost that must protect Mordor from intruders attempting to gain access via the pass. It is also known as Cirith Ungol, which means "Spider’s Cleft."
In John Howe’s version, Cirith Ungol looks as though it was built in tangent with the mountains, whereas in Jackson’s version, the tower is formed of great blocks of stone that stand out from the rest of the landscape. Perhaps John Howe wanted to keep in mind the fact that it was initially built by men of Gondor.