Tower of Ecthelion
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|Tower of Ecthelion|
|"The Tower of Ecthelion" by Jef Murray|
|Other names||White Tower|
|Location||Minas Tirith, above the Tower Hall|
|People and History|
|Inhabitants||King of Gondor|
The Tower of Ecthelion, also known as the White Tower or the Tower of Denethor was the chief tower of the Citadel of Minas Tirith. It was a tall white tower atop Minas Tirith which contained the throne of the King of Gondor and a secret room housing a palantír. Although a tower had graced the highest point of Minas Tirith since ancient times, it was rebuilt by Steward Ecthelion I some three centuries before the War of the Ring, and so gained his name.
The Tower had "its eye upon many lands". It was because of this Tower that the city was later named Minas Tirith ("Tower of the Guard").
The Tower of Ecthelion was 50 fathoms (300 feet) tall. The plain white standard of the Stewards of Gondor flew from its pinnacle. The Tower stood in the center of the Citadel on the seventh level of the city. In front of the Tower was the Court of the Fountain where the White Tree of Gondor grew.
Under the sun, the Tower's shapely form shone and glimmered like a spike of crystals, pearl and silver against the sky. White banners waved from its battlements.
In the Tower Hall was the throne of the King of Gondor upon a dais, and at the foot the dais on the lowest step was a black chair where the Steward of Gondor sat. The royal court must have been also there.
There was a chamber high in the Tower and above it in the summit, just under its dome, there was a secret room where the palantír of Minas Anor, the Anor-stone was kept.
After the fall of Sauron, on May 1, the standard of the Stewards of Gondor was raised for the last time. That day Aragorn was crowned King and when he entered the Citadel, the Livery of Elendil bearing the Tree and the Stars was unfurled on the pinnacle of the Tower of Ecthelion.
Also called the White Tower. It was renamed the Tower of Ecthelion after the Steward Ecthelion I who rebuilt it. Also called the Tower of Denethor during the reign of Denethor II.[source?]
- 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, p. 514
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
- Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "White Tower"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 1900
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 2698
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"