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'''The Pyre of Denethor''' is the seventh chapter of the fifth book in ''[[The Return of the King]]''.
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'''The Pyre of Denethor''' is the seventh chapter of the first book in ''[[The Return of the King]]''.
  
===Summary===
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==Summary==
The narrative returns to the perspective of [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]]. When the [[Witch-king|Black Captain]] disappears from the gate of [[Minas Tirith]], Pippin runs to [[Gandalf]] and tells him of [[Denethor]]’s madness and the situation in the tower. Gandalf wishes to pursue the [[Nazgûl]] but knows he must save [[Faramir]]. As they race to the [[Citadel of Gondor|Citadel]], Gandalf laments the Enemy’s ability to bring evil and discord to the inner circle of Minas Tirith. Reaching the door to the [[House of the Stewards]], the two find Denethor’s servants bearing swords and torches, standing before the lone figure of [[Beregond]], who holds the door against them. Two servants have already fallen to Beregond’s sword. The men cower at the sight of Gandalf, whose appearance is like a burst of white light.
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The narrative returns to the perspective of [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]]. When the [[Witch-king]] disappeared from the gate of [[Minas Tirith]],<ref name="Battle">{{RK|Siege}}</ref> Pippin ran to [[Gandalf]] and told him of [[Denethor]]'s madness and the situation in the tower. Gandalf wished to pursue the [[Nazgûl]] but knew he must save [[Faramir]]. As they raced to the [[Citadel of Gondor|Citadel]], Gandalf lamented the Enemy's ability to bring evil and discord to the inner circle of Minas Tirith. Reaching the door to the [[House of the Stewards]], the two found Denethor’s servants bearing swords and torches, standing before the lone figure of [[Beregond]], who held the door against them. Two servants had already fallen to Beregond's sword. The men cowered at the sight of Gandalf, whose appearance was like a burst of white light.
  
Denethor throws open the door, drawing his sword, but Gandalf lifts his hand and the sword flies from Denethor’s grip. The wizard decries Denethor’s madness, but the Steward says that Faramir has already burned. Rushing past, Gandalf finds Faramir still alive on the funeral pyre. To Denethor’s protests and tears, Gandalf lifts Faramir and carries him away with a strength that surprises Pippin. Denethor, the wizard says, does not have the authority to order Faramir’s death.
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Denethor threw open the door, drawing his sword, but Gandalf lifted his hand and the sword flew from Denethor’s grip. The wizard decried Denethor’s madness, but the Steward said that Faramir had already burned. Rushing past, Gandalf found Faramir still alive on the funeral pyre. To Denethor's protests and tears, Gandalf lifted Faramir and carried him away with a strength that surprised Pippin. Denethor, the wizard said, did not have the authority to order Faramir's death.
  
Denethor laughs. Standing proudly, he produces from his cloak a ''palantír'', similar to the [[Orthanc-stone]]. He warns that the West is doomed, as he has foreseen the black ships of the Enemy approaching. The Steward condemns Gandalf for bringing a young upstart Ranger to replace him as ruler. Denethor wishes that things would remain as they always have been in Minas Tirith. He springs for Faramir, but Beregond stops him. Grabbing a torch from a servant, Denethor lights the funeral pyre. He throws himself into the raging fire, clutching the ''palantír''.
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Denethor laughed. Standing proudly, he produced from his cloak a ''palantír'', similar to the [[Orthanc-stone]]. He warned that the West was doomed, as he had foreseen the black ships of the Enemy approaching.<ref>{{RK|Battle}}</ref> The Steward condemned Gandalf for bringing a young upstart Ranger to replace him as ruler. Denethor wished that things would remain as they always had been in Minas Tirith. He sprang for Faramir, but Beregond stopped him. Grabbing a torch from a servant, Denethor lit the funeral pyre. He threw himself into the raging fire, clutching the ''palantír''.
 
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Gandalf and Beregond carry Faramir to the [[Houses of Healing]]. As they exit, the House of Stewards collapses in flames, and Denethor’s servants run out. Soon after, they hear a great cry from the battlefield—the sound of Éowyn and Merry’s defeat of the Lord of the Nazgûl. A sense of hope returns as the sun breaks through the Darkness. Gandalf discusses Denethor’s ''palantír'' with Pippin and Beregond. Gandalf says he had always suspected that the Steward possessed one of the [[palantíri|seven seeing-stones]]. The wizard surmises that Denethor, in his growing distress, began to use the stone, and through it he fell prey to the lies of [[Sauron]].
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Gandalf and Beregond carried Faramir to the [[Houses of Healing]]. As they exited, the House of Stewards collapsed in flames, and Denethor's servants ran out. Soon after, they heard a great cry from the battlefield—the sound of [[Éowyn]] and [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]]’s defeat of the Lord of the Nazgûl. A sense of hope returned as the sun broke through the Darkness. Gandalf discussed Denethor’s ''palantír'' with Pippin and Beregond. Gandalf said he had always suspected that the Steward possessed one of the [[palantíri|seven seeing-stones]]. The wizard surmised that Denethor, in his growing distress, had begun to use the stone, and through it he had fallen prey to the lies of [[Sauron]].
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Anke Eißmann - Pyre of Denethor.jpeg
The Pyre of Denethor
Chapter of The Return of the King
Number7
Synopsis
EventDenethor burns himself on a pyre.
Date15 March 3019
LocationMinas Tirith
PerspectivePeregrin
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The Pyre of Denethor is the seventh chapter of the first book in The Return of the King.

[edit] Summary

The narrative returns to the perspective of Pippin. When the Witch-king disappeared from the gate of Minas Tirith,[1] Pippin ran to Gandalf and told him of Denethor's madness and the situation in the tower. Gandalf wished to pursue the Nazgûl but knew he must save Faramir. As they raced to the Citadel, Gandalf lamented the Enemy's ability to bring evil and discord to the inner circle of Minas Tirith. Reaching the door to the House of the Stewards, the two found Denethor’s servants bearing swords and torches, standing before the lone figure of Beregond, who held the door against them. Two servants had already fallen to Beregond's sword. The men cowered at the sight of Gandalf, whose appearance was like a burst of white light.

Denethor threw open the door, drawing his sword, but Gandalf lifted his hand and the sword flew from Denethor’s grip. The wizard decried Denethor’s madness, but the Steward said that Faramir had already burned. Rushing past, Gandalf found Faramir still alive on the funeral pyre. To Denethor's protests and tears, Gandalf lifted Faramir and carried him away with a strength that surprised Pippin. Denethor, the wizard said, did not have the authority to order Faramir's death.

Denethor laughed. Standing proudly, he produced from his cloak a palantír, similar to the Orthanc-stone. He warned that the West was doomed, as he had foreseen the black ships of the Enemy approaching.[2] The Steward condemned Gandalf for bringing a young upstart Ranger to replace him as ruler. Denethor wished that things would remain as they always had been in Minas Tirith. He sprang for Faramir, but Beregond stopped him. Grabbing a torch from a servant, Denethor lit the funeral pyre. He threw himself into the raging fire, clutching the palantír.

Gandalf and Beregond carried Faramir to the Houses of Healing. As they exited, the House of Stewards collapsed in flames, and Denethor's servants ran out. Soon after, they heard a great cry from the battlefield—the sound of Éowyn and Merry’s defeat of the Lord of the Nazgûl. A sense of hope returned as the sun broke through the Darkness. Gandalf discussed Denethor’s palantír with Pippin and Beregond. Gandalf said he had always suspected that the Steward possessed one of the seven seeing-stones. The wizard surmised that Denethor, in his growing distress, had begun to use the stone, and through it he had fallen prey to the lies of Sauron.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"