A look at things best viewed after Midnight. It is a land of knights and gleaming port cities, Elf havens and beautiful towers. There is a tinge of the Arthurian to the region. Should Sauron conquer Minas Tirith, this region would be the last bastion for good in Gondor.

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Some other peoples in Middle-earth had their own names for Minas Tirith. This hill was a shoulder of Mindolluin , the mountain which towered behind the city and which was the easternmost peak of the White Mountains. The city was built on seven levels, culminating in the Citadel at the summit.

These were all white, with the exception of the wall of the First Circle the lowest level , which was black, built of the same material used for Orthanc.

Except for the high saddle of rock which joined the west of the hill to Mindolluin, the city was surrounded by the Pelennor , an area of farmlands. The design includes the White Tree, which stood in the Citadel. At an elevation feet higher than the plain surrounding the city, it had a commanding view of the lower vales of Anduin.

The east of the Citadel was the top of the great pier of rock which jutted out from the eastern hill-face of Minas Tirith, in line with the Great Gate, which was ft m below the Citadel.

The entrance to the Citadel, the Seventh Gate of the city, was in this eastern part. Guards of the Citadel manned the Seventh Gate. The phrase "the White Tower" was also used as a metonym for the city and its rulers. The main doors of the tower faced east, onto the Court of the Fountain. Inside these doors was the Tower Hall, the great throne-room where the Kings or Stewards held court. Upper storeys included private apartments for the rulers.

The Seeing-stone of Minas Anor rested in a secret chamber at the top of the Tower. In front of the Great Gate was a large paved area called the Gateway. The Great Gate was constructed of iron and steel and guarded by stone towers and bastions.

The doors rolled back to open. A temporary barricade was erected in place of the Great Gate. Other gates and levels[ edit ] The gates of the Second Level through the Sixth Level were staggered at different points of their walls. The Second Level gate faced south-east, that of the Third north-east, and so forth. The two sectors on each of these levels were connected by a tunnel through the eastern shoulder, a great pier of rock jutting out from the face of the hill.

It was reached by a door in the Sixth Level, which was almost always closed and hence called Fen Hollen the Closed Door. The Sixth Level also contained stables for riders, and the famed Houses of Healing. The Seventh Gate led to the Citadel. The Seventh Gate could be reached through a sloping tunnel delved into the pier of rock that jutted out of the eastern face of the Hill of Guard. It was about 12 miles across. On its west stood the massive bulwark of Mount Mindolluin , and on its east ran the great river Anduin ; "many rills" ran across the Pelennor from the highlands to the river.

Minas Tirith stood inside its south-west corner. The name Pelennor means fenced land in Sindarin. The wall had three main gates: north, north-east and south. The north-east gate and accompanying watch-towers were known as the Causeway Forts and were the strongest section of the entire wall.

This wall was in disrepair shortly before the War of the Ring , but was rebuilt in time on the orders of the Steward, Denethor II. During the War of the Ring, the Pelennor Fields were the location of the largest battle of the Third Age , the Battle of the Pelennor Fields , when Uruk-hai overran the Rammas Echor by blasting through it and besieged the city.

The only maps by Tolkien are sketches. Government[ edit ] The city of Minas Tirith was administered from its Citadel. The head of government was the Lord of the City; in the days of the Stewards of Gondor , the Stewards themselves were the Lords of the City. He and his brother Isildur were, jointly, the first rulers of Gondor, on behalf of the High King, their father Elendil , who lived in his other kingdom, Arnor.

Minas Anor grew in importance when Ostoher rebuilt the city as a summer residence for himself and his successors as the Kings of Gondor. Minas Anor was renamed Minas Tirith, meaning "the Tower of Guard", as it took on the role of guarding Gondor against Mordor; it fulfilled this role for the next thousand years.

With the rebuilding of the Dark Tower and the open return of Sauron , the forces of Mordor gathered their strength to topple Minas Tirith in the upcoming War of the Ring. Many buildings had fallen into disrepair. The city and its lands were surrounded by the Rammas Echor, a fortified wall encircling the Pelennor Fields and meeting up with Osgiliath , where the Causeway Forts were built on the west bank of the Anduin and garrisoned. The Rammas proved an ineffective defence.

After less than a day, the orcs breached in the wall. Siege[ edit ] Faramir and his garrison were unable to hold Osgiliath and the Causeway Forts against the forces of Mordor , and were driven back towards Minas Tirith with heavy loss. Minas Tirith was now besieged by a vast army from Mordor, including Easterlings and Haradrim , and the land fell under the darkness generated by Mordor. Significant damage was done to the first circle of the city but the enemy was unable to break through its great wall—except in one place.

Minas Tirith stood firm well into the Fourth Age. In his time the City was made more fair than it had ever been, even in the days of its first glory; and it was filled with trees and with fountains, and its gates were wrought of mithril and steel, and its streets were paved with white marble; and the Folk of the Mountain laboured in it, and the Folk of the Wood rejoiced to come there; and all was healed and made good, and the houses were filled with men and women and the laughter of children, and no window was blind nor any courtyard empty; and after the ending of the Third Age of the world into the new age it preserved the memory and the glory of the years that were gone".

As with most other landmarks in the film, the city is portrayed as isolated and sparsely populated. Tolkien says only an earthquake or similar seismic convulsion could cause them significant damage.

Jackson depicted all of the walls as white, and many of them were easily destroyed. In the films, the towers of Minas Tirith are equipped with trebuchets. However, this superior kind of siege engine is not specifically mentioned in the book.

In the video game Lord of the Rings: Conquest , players in the evil campaign can destroy the city.


Minas Tirith

Empty and silent under a sickle moon was the land when the King of the Sea set foot upon the shore. For seven days he journeyed with banner and trumpet. Then he sent forth heralds, and he commanded Sauron to come before him and swear to him fealty. It was crowned with a globe of crystal that took the rays of the Sun and of the Moon and shone like a bright star that could be seen in clear weather even on the coasts of Gondor or far out upon the western sea.







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