Watchtower of Ostirith

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"Watchtower of Ostirith" is a concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Watchtower of Ostirith
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The "Watchtower of Ostirith" from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
General Information
Other namesElven tower
LocationThe Southlands of Middle-earth
DescriptionA tower within the eastern foothills of the Ephel Dúath
People and History
InhabitantsSilvan Elves
CreatedFirst Age
DestroyedLate Second Age
EventsEruption of Orodruin

The Watchtower of Ostirith[1] (S. Guard Fortress) was a tower located within the Southlands of Middle-earth, watching over villages such as Tirharad. The Watchtower of Ostirith was invented for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power by Amazon Studios.

History[edit | edit source]

During the Elder Days, the Watchtower of Ostirith was originally built by the Men who followed Morgoth, of which, it is said that the tower still possesses a power fashioned for those tainted by the Shadow. The watchtower also housed the stone-engraven likeness of Sauron, Morgoth's lieutenant. This sculpture concealed an elaborate device that could unleash the fires of Orodruin.

Sometime after the Wars of Beleriand, a garrison of Silvan Elves under the command of the Watchwarden Revion used the tower for their seventy nine year vigilance over the many villages of the Southlands. This garrison included Elves such as Arondir and Médhor.

Late into the Second Age, the elves stationed at Ostirith were captured by a group of Orcs operating within the Southlands of Middle-earth. At the same time, Bronwyn led the villagers of Tirharad to seek shelter at the tower. Many other refugees fled there as well, such as the villagers of Iorbad.

Eventually, Arondir is let out of the Orc camp by leave of the Orcs' leader, Adar, to tell the Men at the Watchtower to either swear fealty to him or to leave the Southlands.

When Arondir delivered the message, some of the villagers, including Rowan and Waldreg, leave the old Watchtower to bend the knee to Adar, believing that they had no other choice. The remaining villagers under Bronwyn make up a battle plan for when the Orcs inevitably come for them.

Hours later, Adar leads his army directly into a trap, in which Arondir causes the entire Watchtower to collapse, annihilating over half of the army, including Bazur, yet also destroying Ostirith in the process.

Later, Waldreg returns to the ruins of the Watchtower of Ostirith, and, using the sword key, enacts Adar's plan to create a place for his "children" to call home. If the floodwater that was let loose did not destroy the remainder of the Watchtower, then it is very likely that the fires of Orodruin certainly did.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Ostirith is clearly meant to be Sindarin, a combination of ost ("fort, fortress, citadel") + tirith ("watching, guard").