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Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith - Tower of watch.
There were two cities called Minas Tirith. The first was in Beleriand in the First Age. The second was in Gondor in the Third Age.

Minas Tirith 1

Minas Tirith was a city Built on the island of Tol Sirion by Finrod Felagund. For many years it defended the vale of Sirion against the armies of Morgoth to the north. It was later captured by Sauron and renamed Tol-in-Gaurhoth.

Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas TirithMinas Tirith 2/Minas Arnor

When Elendil and his people arrived in Middle Earth, his two sons established the kingdom of Gondor which they ruled jointly from two cities. Minas Arnor on the west of the Anduin River and Minas Ithil to the east. Minas Arnor (Tower of the sun) was ruled by the yonger son Anárion.

Many centuries later, the eastern city was lost to dark forces and Minas Arnor was renamed Minas Tirith. From that time onwards, it was the capitol city of Gondor. The city was built on seven levels with a strong gate separating each level. The main city gates were broken down during the Battle of the Pelenor Fields, but were repaced later with the help of dwarven craftsmen.

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