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|}}'''Minas Morgul''' (originally called '''Minas Ithil''') was the twin city of [[Minas Tirith (Gondor)|Minas Tirith]] before its fall to the forces of [[Sauron]] in the [[Third Age]].
'''Minas Morgul''' (originally called '''Minas Ithil''') was the twin city of [[Minas Tirith (Gondor)|Minas Tirith]] before its fall to the forces of [[Sauron]] in the [[Third Age]].
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==History==
 
==History==
 
 
===Second Age===
 
===Second Age===
 
 
After the destruction of [[Númenor]], [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion|Anárion]], the sons of [[Elendil]], landed in [[Gondor]]. Isildur built Minas Ithil near the mountainous border of [[Mordor]], while Anárion built [[Minas Anor]]. When [[Sauron]] returned after escaping Númenor's destruction, he attacked the exiles of Númenor, and his forces took Minas Ithil by storm. 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.
 
After the destruction of [[Númenor]], [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion|Anárion]], the sons of [[Elendil]], landed in [[Gondor]]. Isildur built Minas Ithil near the mountainous border of [[Mordor]], while Anárion built [[Minas Anor]]. When [[Sauron]] returned after escaping Númenor's destruction, he attacked the exiles of Númenor, and his forces took Minas Ithil by storm. 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===
 
 
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).
 
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).
 
The [[Nazgûl|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).
 
The [[Nazgûl|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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==Description==
 
==Description==
 
 
===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.
 
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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Minas Morgul
Physical Description
TypeTower/City
Locationon Ephel Dúath, Western Mordor
RealmsMordor
InhabitantsGondorians, Orcs
General Information
Other namesMinas Ithil, Tower of the Moon, Tower of the Rising Moon, Moon-tower, Tower of Black Sorcery, Dead City.
EtymologyS. minas "tower" + mor "black, dark" + gûl "magic, sorcery"
S. minas "tower" + ithil "moon"
Minas Morgul (originally called Minas Ithil) was the twin city of Minas Tirith before its fall to the forces of Sauron in the Third Age.

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History

Second Age

After the destruction of Númenor, Isildur and Anárion, the sons of Elendil, landed in Gondor. Isildur built Minas Ithil near the mountainous border of Mordor, while Anárion built Minas Anor. When Sauron returned after escaping Númenor's destruction, he attacked the exiles of Númenor, and his forces took Minas Ithil by storm. 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.

Third Age

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). 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). 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". Its palantír, the Ithil-stone, was captured and later used by Sauron to influence Denethor during the War of the Ring.

Following the War of the Ring, 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 was made Prince of Ithilien by King 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.

Description

City of the Nazgûl

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.

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.

See also