Minas Ithil

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Minas Ithil ("Tower of the Moon" in Sindarin) was Gondor's watchtower in the east in parallel with Minas Anor in the west, in the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Minas Morgul ("Tower of Black Sorcery" in Sindarin) was the name used for the tower when it was in the hands of the forces of Sauron in the Third Age.

Second Age

After the destruction of Nmenor, Isildur and Anrion, the sons of Elendil, landed in Gondor. Isildur built Minas Ithil near the mountainous border of Mordor, while Anarion built Minas Anor.

When Sauron returned after escaping Nmenor's destruction, he attacked the exiles of Nmenor, and his forces took Minas Ithil by storm. When the Last Alliance of Elves and Men defeated Sauron in the year 3429 of the Second Age, Minas Ithil was restored as a watchtower.

Third Age

In the year 1980 of the Third Age, the Nazgl returned to Mordor (after the defeat of the Witch-king of Angmar in the north of Middle-earth). The Ringwraiths laid siege to Minas Ithil shortly after their return, and they took the city for their master, Sauron (who was still hidden at the time). Minas Ithil was occupied by fell creatures, and it changed into a foul, evil place. As a result, it came to be called Minas Morgul.

Following the events of The Lord of the Rings, the bridge leading to Morgul Vale was pulled down by the Army of the West and its fields set aflame, and they met no opposition as the entire city's garrison had been killed at the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Minas Morgul abandoned and fell into decay as it had become too foul for human habitation. After the War of the Ring, Faramir was made Prince of Ithilien by King Elessar, who advised him to make his abode in the Emyn Arnen southeast of Minas Tirith. Faramir ruled from there with his new bride owyn, for King Elessar counseled that even though Minas Morgul was completely abandoned, the land was such a terror on the minds of Men that it would not be fit for habitation or even human contact for many years. Eventually, the city was rebuilt as Minas Ithil and the evil that tainted the land was at last gone.fi:Minas Ithil fr:Minas Ithil ja:ミナス・モルグル nb:Minas Morgul pl:Minas Morgul

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