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Dates
Probably used from c.III 20021
Still standing well into the Fourth Age (the last recorded reference is in IV 172)
Location
Beneath Mount Mindolluin in Anórien, to the west of Anduin in Gondor
Origins
Built by Elendil and his sons
Race
Division
Culture
Pronunciation
mu'ndburg
Meaning
Given as 'guardian-fortress', and therefore essentially identical to 'Tower of Guard'
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Mundburg

A name for Minas Tirith

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The name given to Minas Tirith by the Rohirrim of Rohan in their own tongue.


Notes

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The name 'Mundburg' is etymologically identical to Elvish Minas Tirith, with both meaning essentially 'Tower of Guard'. It seems, then, that the name 'Mundburg' originated as a translation of Minas Tirith into the language of the Northmen, and so its use must reflect the change of name from Minas Anor in about III 2002. The Northmen presumably had an earlier name, too, and indeed a remnant of this is apparently preserved in 'Sunlending', their name for Anórien where the Mundburg stood. They might, therefore, have historically referred to Minas Anor as the 'Sunburg' or something similar, but if so, no record of this earlier name exists.

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