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Minas Ithil Overview (1447 TA)

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Minas Morgul 3019 TA Overview

Minas Ithil (S. ‘Tower of the Rising Moon’). This city was founded as one of the two main fortresses of Gondor in Second Age 3320 and was known as Isildur’s city, the twin of Minas Anor on the other side of the wide valley of the Anduin river. It rested on a shelf that projected from the inward side of the southern arm of the Ithil Vale where the Ithilduin issued from the mountains. In the year Third Age 2002 the city was captured by the Nazgûl and became known as Minas Morgûl (Orc. "Dushgoi"), it was utterly destroyed by Elessar’s forces after Sauron’s fall.
  • Type: Fortified City 
  • Inhabitants: 90% Gondorian,10% Mixed Mannish (later: 80% Orcish 20% mixed mannish) 
  • Population: 30,000 
  • Origin: Founded by Isildur in S.A. 3320,rebuilt in T.A. 1
  • Purpose: Control of the passes into Mordor; garrison for Gondor's army in Ithilien; location of a Palantir; mercantile center; home to a community of scholars and artists; the administrative center of Ithilien 
  • Symbol: The White Tree surmounted by a Crescent Moon (later: the dead-moon of Morgûl)

Minas Ithil was a Gondorian city protected by a deep valley in the Ephel Dúath. It was the largest urban center east of the Anduin. The city suffered the effects of isolation from the rest of Gondor following the Great Plague, although it was far from extinct, due to it's thriving wool trade. The City of the Moon was better known, however, as the intellectual and spiritual center of Gondor. Many artists, scholars, and spiritual folk sought the tolerant streets of Minas Ithil to pursue their occupations. Despite the gradual decay of some of the older buildings, Minas Ithil housed some of the most dramatic architecture in Gondor. The more practical citizens of Minas Anor and Pelargir viewed Minas Ithil as a place of folly, but the City of the Moon remained a jewel among cities.

References

  • Fanmodules:MORDOR GAZETTEER

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