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First called 'Minas Tirith' c. III 2002; still standing well into the Fourth Age (the last recorded reference is in IV 172)
Beneath Mount Mindolluin in Anórien, on the western banks of Anduin in Gondor
Built by Elendil and his sons
Originally ruled by Kings of the House of Anárion, and latterly by Stewards of the House of Húrin
mi'nas ti'rith (all the 'i' sounds here are short, so Minas is pronounced like 'minnas')
Other names
'Minas Tirith' was the name given to this city after the capture of Minas Ithil by the Nazgûl in III 2002; the city itself, though, was much older - as Minas Anor, it had stood since the late Second Age, and was some 2,100 years old when it was renamed;; for its origins and earlier history, refer to the entry for Minas Anor


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Minas Tirith

Gondor's Tower of Guard

Map of Minas Tirith

The seven-tiered citadel of the Kings of Gondor, originally named Minas Anor. After the destruction of Osgiliath, Minas Tirith became the seat of power in the South-kingdom.



The choice of this name was almost certainly influenced by the 'tower of guard' that had stood in Beleriand some 5,000 years earlier - the Minas Tirith built by Finrod to guard the Pass of Sirion.


At the end of the Third Age, the old name of Minas Anor had been replaced by Minas Tirith more than a thousand years beforehand. Nonetheless, the city was still referred to occasionally by its old name, especially by those pondering the glories of its past and their hope that those ancient glories might one day be recovered.

See also...

Amon Dîn, Amon Tirith, Anardil, Anfalas, Angbor, Anor, Anor-stone, Anórien, Aragorn Elessar, Arnach, Artamir, Baranor, Battle of the Crossings of Erui, Battle of the Field of Gondor, Battle of the Hornburg, [See the full list...]


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