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Citadel of Minas Tirith,[1][2] Citadel[3] or High City[4] was a term referring to the fortified seventh and highest circle of the city of Minas Tirith.[3][2][5]

It was the city's strongest point, surrounded by high walls and battlements on the 'keel'. One reached the Citadel through the Seventh Gate, manned by the Guards of the Citadel.[3]

The Citadel housed the Tower of Ecthelion[6] and the Court of the Fountain where the White Tree had grown before it died[7] and grew again after King Aragorn had found and planted a seedling of it[8]. There were also the King's House, lodgings for the Steward, Merethrond, barracks for the Guard, and other buildings for guests and other workers.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, entry for Tower of Ecthelion, p. 514
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, entry for High Court, p. 515
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith", p. 752
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King", p. 972
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, entry for High City, p. 638
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith", p. 751
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith", p. 759
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King", p. 971