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Tower of Anor

The city of Minas Tirith

A partial translation of Minas Anor, the old name for the famous city known as Minas Tirith at the end of the Third Age. Anor is an Elvish name for the Sun, so the name translates fully as the 'Tower of the Sun' or sometimes (due to its western position) 'Tower of the Setting Sun'. It was first built as the house of Elendil's son Anárion, and over time it came to be the seat of the Kings of Gondor. In the year III 2002, Minas Ithil fell to the Nazgûl, and after that time Minas Anor's name changed to Minas Tirith, the Tower of Guard. However, it seems that after Sauron's ultimate defeat, the old name 'Tower of Anor' started to come back into use.

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