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Minas Ithil

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| name=Minas Ithil/Minas Morgul
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| othernames=[[Minas Morgul]]
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| etymology=[[S.]] ''[[minas]]'' "tower" + ''[[ithil]]'' "moon"
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| type=Tower/City
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| location=on [[Ephel Dúath]], Western [[Mordor]]
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| inhabitants=[[Gondorians]], [[Orcs]]
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| realms=[[Mordor]]
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'''Minas Ithil''' is the twin city of [[Minas Tirith]] before its fall to the forces of [[Sauron]] in the [[Third Age]].
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==Second Age==
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After the destruction of [[Númenor]], [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion son of Elendil|Anárion]], the sons of [[Elendil]], landed in [[Gondor]]. Isildur built Minas Ithil near the mountainous border of [[Mordor]], while Anárion built [[Minas Anor]].
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When [[Sauron]] returned after escaping Númenor's destruction, he attacked the exiles of Númenor, and his forces took Minas Ithil by storm.
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When the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]] defeated Sauron in the year 3429 of the [[Second Age]], Minas Ithil was restored as a watchtower.
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==Third Age==
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In the year 1980 of the Third Age, the [[Nazgûl]] returned to Mordor (after the defeat of the [[Witch-king of Angmar]] in the north of Middle-earth).
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The [[Ringwraiths]] laid siege to Minas Ithil shortly after their return, in 2002, and they took the city for their master, Sauron (who was still hidden at the time).
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Minas Ithil was occupied by fell creatures, and it changed into a foul, evil place.  As a result, it came to be called [[Minas Morgul]], which in the tongue of Gondor means "The Tower of Dark Sorcery".
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Following the events of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', the bridge leading to [[Morgul Vale]] was pulled down by the Army of the West and its fields set aflame, and they met no opposition as the entire city's garrison had been killed at the Battle of Pelennor Fields.  Minas Morgul abandoned and fell into decay as it had become too foul for human habitation. After the War of the Ring, [[Faramir son of Denethor II|Faramir]] was made Prince of [[Ithilien]] by King [[Aragorn II|Elessar]], who advised him to make his abode in the [[Emyn Arnen]] southeast of Minas Tirith.  Faramir ruled from there with his new bride [[Éowyn]], for King Elessar counseled that even though Minas Morgul was completely abandoned, the land was such a terror on the minds of Men that it would not be fit for habitation or even human contact for many years.  Eventually, the city was rebuilt as Minas Ithil and the evil that tainted the land was at last gone.
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==City of the Nazgûl==
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Terror and war were directed against [[Gondor]] from Minas Morgul until [[Ithilien]] was deserted. During the [[War of the Ring]], the army that attacked [[Osgiliath]] and undertook the [[Siege of Gondor]] came from Minas Morgul.
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In fashion Minas Morgul seems to have been much like Minas Ithil, except for the replacement of beauty by terror. The top most course of the tower revolved slowly, and the walls of Morgul shone with a pale, frightening light.
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[[Category:Cities]]
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[[Category:Mordor]]
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[[Category:Sieges]]
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Revision as of 10:46, 21 June 2009

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