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The Lord of the Rings Middle Earth Places: Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith:
- Appears in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King
- Also known as 'The White City'
- Seat of the Throne of Gondor
- The Citadel is located on the seventh tier of Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith is the seat of the Throne of Gondor, the ancient kingdom of Men. Its sister city, Minas Ithil, was captured by Sauron and has become Minas Morgul. The Stewards of Gondor now rule from Minas Tirith since the reemergence of Sauron and his encroachment on the Eastern lands of Gondor. Denethor II is the current Steward.

In The Fellowship of the Ring:
Gandalf visits the libraries of Minas Tirith to consult ancient texts on the One Ring.

In The Return of the King:
Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas Tirith to warn of Sauron's plans. However, Denethor dismisses Gandalf's news. He is despondent and mourning the death of his son, Boromir. He also believes that Gondor's allies have abandoned it. An army of Orcs marches out of Minas Morgul, overrun Osgiliath and lay siege to Minas Tirith. Denethor further despairs over his wounded son, Faramir and orders the city's guard to abandon its posts. Gandalg countermands his order and takes over command of the defense of the city. The city is starting to fall to the Orcs when Aragorn arrives with the Army of the Dead. Later, Aragorn is coronated as King and being his rule in the city.

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