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'''Minas Tirith''' is the first chapter of the fifth book in [[The Return of the King]].
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'''Minas Tirith''' is the first chapter of the first book in ''[[The Return of the King]]''.
  
===Summary===
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==Summary==
Having parted from [[Aragorn]] and the [[Riders of Rohan]] at the end of Book III, [[Gandalf]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] ride swiftly east from [[Isengard]] to [[Gondor]], the southeastern land inhabited by [[Men]] and bordering the dark region of [[Mordor]]. Gandalf and Pippin head toward [[Minas Tirith]], the major city of [[Gondor]]. They travel by night to elude the searching [[Nazgûl]]—the [[Nazgûl|Ringwraiths]], now mounted on horrific winged steeds that fly overhead—whose eerie cries echo throughout the land.
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Having parted from [[Aragorn]] and the [[Éored|Riders of Rohan]] at the end of Book III<ref>{{TT|Palantir}}</ref>, [[Gandalf]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] rode swiftly east from [[Isengard]] to [[Gondor]], the southeastern land inhabited by [[Men]] and bordering the dark region of [[Mordor]]. Gandalf and Pippin headed toward [[Minas Tirith]], the major city of Gondor. They travelled by night to elude the searching [[Nazgûl]], who were now mounted on horrific winged steeds that flew overhead whose eerie cries echoed throughout the land.
  
Gandalf and Pippin gain entrance to Minas Tirith. The white stone city is built on seven tiered levels along one side of an immense hill, each tier surrounded by one of seven concentric semicircular stone walls. Upon the crown of the hill is the [[Citadel of Gondor|Citadel]], and within the Citadel is the [[High Court]], at the feet of the [[Tower of Ecthelion|White Tower]]. The sight of the iridescent city amazes Pippin. The [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] notices, however, that Minas Tirith is slowly falling into decay.
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Gandalf and Pippin gained entrance to Minas Tirith. The white stone city was built on seven tiered levels along one side of an immense hill, each tier surrounded by one of seven concentric semicircular stone walls. Upon the crown of the hill was the [[Citadel of Gondor|Citadel]], and within the Citadel was the High Court, at the feet of the [[Tower of Ecthelion|White Tower]]. The sight of the iridescent city amazed Pippin. The [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] noticed, however, that Minas Tirith was slowly falling into decay.
  
The two reach the gate of the Citadel, which opens to a court in which a pleasant green fountain trickles water off the broken branches of a dead tree. The [[Guards of the Citadel]], who still wear the ancient symbol of [[Elendil]], an image of the [[White Tree of Gondor|White Tree]], allow Gandalf and Pippin entrance without question. Approaching the court, Gandalf warns Pippin to watch his words and to avoid mentioning the subject of Aragorn, who maintains a claim to the kingship of Gondor.
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The two reached the gate of the Citadel, which opened to a court in which a pleasant green fountain trickled water off the broken branches of a dead tree. The [[Guards of the Citadel]], who still wore the ancient symbol of [[Elendil]], an image of the [[White Tree of Gondor|White Tree]], allowed Gandalf and Pippin entrance without question. Approaching the court, Gandalf warned Pippin to watch his words and to avoid mentioning the subject of Aragorn, who maintained a claim to the kingship of Gondor.
  
In the [[Hall of the Kings]], the high throne remains empty. [[Denethor II]], the [[Stewards of Gondor|Steward]] (Lord) of Gondor, sits upon a black stone chair at the foot of the steps to the throne. While his body appears proud and healthy, he is an old man and stares blankly at his lap. Denethor holds the broken horn of his dead son, [[Boromir]], who died at the hands of the [[Orcs]] in ''[[The Two Towers]]''.
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In the [[Tower Hall|Hall of the Kings]], the high throne remained empty. [[Denethor|Denethor II]], the [[Stewards of Gondor|Steward]] (Lord) of Gondor, sat upon a black stone chair at the foot of the steps to the throne. While his body appeared proud and healthy, he was an old man and stared blankly at his lap. Denethor held the broken horn of his dead son, [[Boromir]], who died at the hands of the [[Orcs]] in ''[[The Two Towers]]''.<ref>{{TT|Departure}}</ref>
  
From the outset, there is a palpable yet unspoken tension between Gandalf and Denethor. Denethor takes great interest in Pippin, however, wishing to hear of Boromir’s last stand in defense of the hobbits. Pippin realizes he owes Gondor and its Steward a debt; driven by a strange impulse, the hobbit offers his sword to Gondor in service and payment. Denethor, flattered and amused, accepts Pippin into his Guard.
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From the outset, there was a palpable yet unspoken tension between Gandalf and Denethor. Denethor took great interest in Pippin, however, wishing to hear of Boromir’s last stand in defense of the hobbits. Pippin realized that he owed Gondor and its Steward a debt; driven by a strange impulse, the hobbit offered his sword to Gondor in service and payment. Denethor, flattered and amused, accepted Pippin into his Guard.
  
Denethor asks Pippin questions about the Company, deliberately ignoring Gandalf. Pippin senses Gandalf growing angry beside him. The two old men stare at each other with intensity. Pippin ponders Gandalf and is perplexed about the wizard’s role and purpose. Finally, Denethor bitterly accuses Gandalf of being a power-hungry manipulator. Denethor says he will rule alone until the day the King returns to Gondor. Gandalf responds that his only goal is to care for the good in Middle-earth during the current period of evil.
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Denethor asked Pippin questions about the [[Fellowship of the Ring|Company]], deliberately ignoring Gandalf. Pippin sensed Gandalf growing angry beside him. The two old men stared at each other with intensity. Pippin pondered Gandalf and was perplexed about the wizard’s role and purpose. Finally, Denethor bitterly accused Gandalf of being a power-hungry manipulator. Denethor said he would rule alone until the day the King returned to Gondor. Gandalf responded that his only goal was to care for the good in [[Middle-earth]] during the current period of evil.
  
After the interview, Gandalf explains to Pippin that Denethor possesses the ability to read men’s minds. Gandalf praises Pippin for kindly offering service to Denethor in spite of the Steward’s rudeness, but he warns the hobbit to be wary around Denethor. Gandalf expresses his longing for Faramir, Denethor’s other son and Boromir’s brother, to return to Gondor.
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After the interview, Gandalf explained to Pippin that Denethor possessed the ability to read men’s minds. Gandalf praised Pippin for kindly offering service to Denethor in spite of the Steward’s rudeness, but he warned the hobbit to be wary around Denethor. Gandalf expressed his longing for [[Faramir]], Denethor’s other son and Boromir’s brother, to return to Gondor.
  
Pippin meets a soldier, Beregond, who is instructed to give the hobbit the passwords of the city. Looking over the city walls, Pippin perceives—either because of a cloud wall or a distant mountain—a deep shadow resting in the East, beyond the Anduin River toward Mordor. Beregond expresses little hope that Gondor will survive the ensuing conflict. The two hear the far-off cries of a flying Nazgûl, riding a terrible steed with enormous wings that darken the sun.
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Pippin met a soldier, [[Beregond]], who was instructed to give the hobbit the passwords of the city. Looking over the city walls, Pippin perceived a deep shadow resting in the East, either because of a cloud wall or a distant mountain, beyond the [[Anduin]] River toward Mordor. Beregond expressed little hope that Gondor would survive the ensuing conflict. The two heard the far-off cries of a flying Nazgûl, riding a terrible steed with enormous wings that darkened the sun.
  
Pippin descends to the outermost ring of Minas Tirith, where Beregond’s young son, Bergil, shows the hobbit to the gate. The [[Captains of the Outlands]] arrive with reinforcements, the proudest of whom is [[Imrahil]], [[Prince of Dol Amroth]]. The reinforcements prove smaller than expected, as the [[Outlands]] are under attack from the south by a large army of [[Men of Umbar]], allies of Mordor.
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Pippin descended to the outermost ring of Minas Tirith, where Beregond’s young son, [[Bergil]], showed the hobbit to the gate. The [[Captains of the Outlands]] arrived with reinforcements, the proudest of whom was [[Imrahil]], [[Prince of Dol Amroth]]. The reinforcements proved smaller than expected, as the [[Southern Fiefs|Outlands]] were under attack from the south by a large army of [[Corsairs of Umbar|Men of Umbar]], allies of Mordor.
  
That night, a black cloud settles over Minas Tirith and enshrouds it in a terrible gloom. Gandalf ominously explains to Pippin that for some time there will be no dawn, for the Darkness has begun.
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That night, a black cloud settled over Minas Tirith and enshrouded it in a terrible gloom. Gandalf ominously explained to Pippin that for some time there would be no dawn, for the Darkness had begun.
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Latest revision as of 20:50, 4 February 2018

The name Minas Tirith refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Minas Tirith (disambiguation).
Alan Lee - The Steward of Gondor.jpg
Minas Tirith
Chapter of The Return of the King
Number1
Synopsis
EventPeregrin and Gandalf come to Minas Tirith.
Date9 March 3019
LocationMinas Tirith
PerspectivePeregrin
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Minas Tirith is the first chapter of the first book in The Return of the King.

[edit] Summary

Having parted from Aragorn and the Riders of Rohan at the end of Book III[1], Gandalf and Pippin rode swiftly east from Isengard to Gondor, the southeastern land inhabited by Men and bordering the dark region of Mordor. Gandalf and Pippin headed toward Minas Tirith, the major city of Gondor. They travelled by night to elude the searching Nazgûl, who were now mounted on horrific winged steeds that flew overhead whose eerie cries echoed throughout the land.

Gandalf and Pippin gained entrance to Minas Tirith. The white stone city was built on seven tiered levels along one side of an immense hill, each tier surrounded by one of seven concentric semicircular stone walls. Upon the crown of the hill was the Citadel, and within the Citadel was the High Court, at the feet of the White Tower. The sight of the iridescent city amazed Pippin. The Hobbit noticed, however, that Minas Tirith was slowly falling into decay.

The two reached the gate of the Citadel, which opened to a court in which a pleasant green fountain trickled water off the broken branches of a dead tree. The Guards of the Citadel, who still wore the ancient symbol of Elendil, an image of the White Tree, allowed Gandalf and Pippin entrance without question. Approaching the court, Gandalf warned Pippin to watch his words and to avoid mentioning the subject of Aragorn, who maintained a claim to the kingship of Gondor.

In the Hall of the Kings, the high throne remained empty. Denethor II, the Steward (Lord) of Gondor, sat upon a black stone chair at the foot of the steps to the throne. While his body appeared proud and healthy, he was an old man and stared blankly at his lap. Denethor held the broken horn of his dead son, Boromir, who died at the hands of the Orcs in The Two Towers.[2]

From the outset, there was a palpable yet unspoken tension between Gandalf and Denethor. Denethor took great interest in Pippin, however, wishing to hear of Boromir’s last stand in defense of the hobbits. Pippin realized that he owed Gondor and its Steward a debt; driven by a strange impulse, the hobbit offered his sword to Gondor in service and payment. Denethor, flattered and amused, accepted Pippin into his Guard.

Denethor asked Pippin questions about the Company, deliberately ignoring Gandalf. Pippin sensed Gandalf growing angry beside him. The two old men stared at each other with intensity. Pippin pondered Gandalf and was perplexed about the wizard’s role and purpose. Finally, Denethor bitterly accused Gandalf of being a power-hungry manipulator. Denethor said he would rule alone until the day the King returned to Gondor. Gandalf responded that his only goal was to care for the good in Middle-earth during the current period of evil.

After the interview, Gandalf explained to Pippin that Denethor possessed the ability to read men’s minds. Gandalf praised Pippin for kindly offering service to Denethor in spite of the Steward’s rudeness, but he warned the hobbit to be wary around Denethor. Gandalf expressed his longing for Faramir, Denethor’s other son and Boromir’s brother, to return to Gondor.

Pippin met a soldier, Beregond, who was instructed to give the hobbit the passwords of the city. Looking over the city walls, Pippin perceived a deep shadow resting in the East, either because of a cloud wall or a distant mountain, beyond the Anduin River toward Mordor. Beregond expressed little hope that Gondor would survive the ensuing conflict. The two heard the far-off cries of a flying Nazgûl, riding a terrible steed with enormous wings that darkened the sun.

Pippin descended to the outermost ring of Minas Tirith, where Beregond’s young son, Bergil, showed the hobbit to the gate. The Captains of the Outlands arrived with reinforcements, the proudest of whom was Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth. The reinforcements proved smaller than expected, as the Outlands were under attack from the south by a large army of Men of Umbar, allies of Mordor.

That night, a black cloud settled over Minas Tirith and enshrouded it in a terrible gloom. Gandalf ominously explained to Pippin that for some time there would be no dawn, for the Darkness had begun.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Palantír"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Departure of Boromir"