|Location||Encircling the city of Minas Tirith|
|Description||Tall dark stone wall curving around the City|
|Events||Battle of the Pelennor Fields|
- "For the main wall of the City was of great height and marvellous thickness, built ere the power and craft of Númenor waned in exile; and its outward face was like to the Tower of Orthanc, hard and dark and smooth, unconquerable by steel or fire, unbreakable except by some convulsion that would rend the very earth on which it stood."
- ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
The city of Minas Anor (later Minas Tirith) was built after S.A. 3320 upon the founding of the realm of Gondor. The City Wall may have been built at this time, although it is unknown if the fortress-city had all seven of its levels at its earliest stage.
Other versions of the legendarium
On a plan of Minas Tirith, drawn on the back of a typescript page, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote "Othram or City Wall" to the left of the words "Great Gate". Although the phrase "City Wall" was used in The Return of the King, the Sindarin word Othram was not included.
Portrayal in adaptations
- Although the text of The Return of the King states that the outer wall of Minas Tirith was "dark" (see quotation above) in the movie, as in other depictions of the City, the wall is white.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Three: Minas Tirith", "III. Minas Tirith", p. 288