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Pelargir

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Pelargir
Physical Description
TypeCity
LocationSouthern Gondor, on the Anduin
RealmsGondor
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsGondorians
DescriptionPort city
General Information
Other namesGarth of Royal Ships
EventsKin-strife, War of the Ring
"At Pelargir the Heir of Isildur will have need of you."
Aragorn[1]

Pelargir was a great city on the river Anduin, and the main harbour of Gondor.

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History

Pelargir was built in Second Age 2350 as a haven of the Faithful.[2] The King's Men established havens farther South.[3] It became an even greater haven in the days of the Ship-kings. Tarannon Falastur built a great house there, with its roots in the water which he so dearly loved. His wife, Berúthiel, did not, however, and preferred to live in Osgiliath with her cats.[4] Tarannon's nephew Eärnil I, who succeeded him, rebuilt Pelargir and built a great navy to conquer Umbar.[5]

Castamir was highly loved in the the shore regions of the land, and when he usurped the throne, he purposed to move the throne from Osgiliath to Pelargir.[5] Though he did not do so, he did move his base there. After turning the tide in the Kin-strife at the Battle of the Crossings of Erui, Eldacar eventually drove Castamir out of Pelargir in Third Age 1447.[6] Castamir's great-grandsons Angamaitë and Sangahyando eventually retook Pelargir in T.A. 1634, and slew king Minardil.[5][6]

Like his namesake, the great general Eärnil took up residence in Pelargir. His Army of the South was stationed there during the long war with the Balchoth. News of the Disaster of the Morannon reached him on July 9, 1944, and he set out to battle. He returned victorious, and with the King and his sons slain, the general (of royal blood) was crowned King Eärnil II.[7]

During the War of the Ring, Pelargir was overrun by Corsairs once again. Their fleet of some fifty great ships and many more smaller vessels laid in dock, ready to sail to Harlond. It was not to be: Aragorn and the Dead Men of Dunharrow stroke fear into the men of Umbar, and they fled or dove into the river Anduin. After manning the Black Ships with his own troops, Aragorn released the spell that had haunted the Dead Men since the day of Isildur.[1]

Etymology

Pelargir was Sindarin for "Garth of Royal Ships".[8] It was composed of the elements pel ("go round, encircle"), ar (a word relating to royalty), and cir ("ship" or "ships").[9]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1980: Rankin/Bass' The Return of the King:

Pelargir appears on a map when Gandalf explains the coming of the Black Ships.

2006: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth:

Peargir is one of the settings in which skirmishes can be fought.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl", note 7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names"