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First called the 'Tower of Guard' (Minas Tirith) in c.III 2002
Still standing well into the Fourth Age (the last recorded reference is in IV 172)
Beneath Mount Mindolluin in Anórien, on the western banks of the Anduin in Gondor
Built by Elendil and his sons
Other names
This city was only named the 'Tower of Guard' after the capture of Minas Ithil by the Nazgûl in III 2002. The city itself, though, was much older - as the Tower of the Sun (Minas Anor), it had stood since the late Second Age, and was some 2,100 years old when it was renamed. For its origins and earlier history, refer to the entry for Minas Anor.


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Tower of Guard

A name for Minas Tirith

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A name for the Gondorian fortress-city of Minas Tirith in the later Third Age, and the literal meaning of its name.

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