Minas Tirith 

  "I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun, and behold! the Shadow has departed!"
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Éowyn & Faramir meet: The Houses of Healing

Founding: II 3320, III 2002*
Founder: Elendil*
Location: at the foot of Mount Mindolluin
Previous name: Minas Anor**

  •   Originally called Minas Arnor, the capital city of Gondor was renamed Minas Tirith after the capture of Minas Ithil by Sauron, during the reign of Eärnil II in III 2002.
  •   Minas Tirith means "Tower of Guard." Minas Anor means "Tower of the Sun."
  •   In Rohirric, Minas Tirith is known as "Mundburg."

  • © John Howe


    After the Battle of the Pelennor, a wounded Éowyn and Merry were brough to the Houses of Healing in the sixth tier of Minas Tirith (a seven-tier city built against the foot of a mountain). Along with Faramir, previously injured during his retreat from Osgiliath into the safety of Minas Tirith during the Siege of Gondor, the two heroes of the battle were healed by Aragorn (with the help of a wise herbalist named Ioreth).

    Once healed, Faramir was made Steward of Gondor in place of his father, and left in charge of the city while the rest of the armies rode to Mount Doom. It was during this time of unrest and waiting that Faramir and Éowyn met.

    City of Seven Tiers

    1. The GREAT GATE - (Tier 1), main entrance gate into the city.

    2. RATH CELERDAIN - (Tier 2), also called "Lampwright's Street," home of the OLD GUESTHOUSE.

    3. The HALLOWS - (Tier 5), tombs of Kings and Stewards past, reached only by the RATH DÍNEN ("Silent Street") through the FEN HOLLIN ("Steward's Door").

    4. The HOUSES OF HEALING - (Tier 6), where Merry, Faramir and Éowyn were healed after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

    5. The CITADEL - (Tier 7)

      - The WHITE TOWER OF ECTHELION, houses the Palantiri
      - The PLACE OF THE FOUNTAIN, courtyard housing the White Tree of the Kings
      - MERETHOND, the "Hall of Feasting"
      - The KING'S HOUSE, where the King lives, of course



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