The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien
Dates
Founded between II 3320 and II 3429; fell into decay from III 1640; completely ruined in III 2475
Location
On the river Anduin, about fifteen miles northeast of Minas Tirith
Origins
Founded by Elendil and his sons
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Other names

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 13 June 2020
  • Updates planned: 1

Citadel of the Stars

The ancient capital of Gondor

The city of Osgiliath, built on the river Anduin in the earliest days of Gondor. It took its name from its famous Dome of Stars, beneath which stood the great Stone of Osgiliath, most powerful of all the palantíri in Middle-earth. Also famed was its great stone bridge that spanned Anduin, connecting the two halves of the city.

Disaster befell in the year III 1437, when the true King of Gondor, Eldacar, was besieged in the city by Castamir the Usurper. That conflict left the city in flames, and the Master Stone was lost in the Great River. Further disaster was to follow: in III 1636, the Dark Plague reached Osgiliath and devastated its population. After that time the city was left partly deserted.

Nonetheless, the diminished city survived for another eight hundred years and more, until in III 2475 it suffered an invasion from a new and vicious type of Orcs, the Uruk-hai. Gondor fought back the invasion, but after that time Osgiliath was left an empty and ruinous place.


Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 13 June 2020
  • Updates planned: 1

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2010, 2020. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

Website services kindly sponsored by myDISCprofile, the free online personality test.
Explore the benefits of using a personality profile to discover yourself and make the most of your career.
The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Menu
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry