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Pelargir
Background Information
Type Harbour/City
Location South Gondor on the banks of the Anduin south of Minas Tirith.[1]
Realms Gondor
Capital
Founded/Built SA 2350[2]
Ruler King of Númenor, Kings of Gondor/Ruling Stewards of Gondor, Kings of the Reunited Kingdom
Other Information
Summary Known for being an important harbour of built by The Faithful Númenóreans and then the Dúnedain realm of Gondor. It was also known during the War of the Ring for being the place where Aragorn brought the Army of the Dead who frighten away the Corsairs, who were besieging the city.
Other names
Inhabitants Númenóreans, Men of Gondor
Spoken Languages Westron
Lifespan SA 2350 - Fourth Age


The great port of Gondor, Pelargir, was one of the first settlements of the Númenóreans founded in Middle-earth during the Second Age.

It was located above the delta of Anduin river south of the White Mountains.

HistoryEdit

Pelargir was built in SA 2350.[2] During the years of Númenor's fall it became the chief haven of the Faithful as they migrated to escape the persecution they faced from the King's Men. When Númenor finally fell the city became a part of the newly founded Kingdom of Gondor.[3]

As Gondor's power grew, Pelargir became the home of its navy. But during the civil war of the Kin-strife, the city was besieged by Eldacar as it had become a stronghold of the sons and supporters of Castamir, The Usurper. The siege was partially a success, as Eldacar had driven his enemies out, but they escaped and set themselves up in Umbar. Their heirs became known as the Corsairs of Umbar.

As Gondor's power declined Pelargir was attacked many times by the Corsairs, who were in secret allegiance with Sauron, but the forces of Gondor managed to defend the coasts. In TA 1634, however, the Corsairs ravaged and ruined the city, slaying King Minardil. The city was quickly regained by Gondor.

The conflict with Umbar finally came to a head during the War of the Ring when a great Corsair fleet besieged the city. As Gondor's army was tied up at Minas Tirith there were little to defend Pelargir or the coasts. Then Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, along with the Grey Company and the Army of the Dead, arrived and defeated the Corsairs and used their ships to reach Minas Tirith to defeat Sauron's forces.[4]

After Sauron was defeated the Corsairs no longer attacked Gondor.[5] Although the Umbar no longer attacked, Gondor abandoned the city as so did the inhabitants.

EtymologyEdit

Pelargir is a Sindarin word that meant 'Garth of Royal Ships'.[6]

Other InterpretationsEdit

In Games Workshop's The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game the garrison of Pelargir is the Wardens of Pelargir. They carry shields emblazoned with the original Men of Gondor heraldry rather than those seen in the War of the Ring. Games Workshop also name Corinir as the Lord of Pelargir.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The White Mountains"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  3. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter IX: "The Last Debate"
  5. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  6. The Silmarillion, Index of Names

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